Cosgrove Newspaper Reports 1930 - 1939

1930s newspaper reporter.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 January 1930

MRS. J. J. ATKINSON.

Death of Well-known Lady at
Cosgrove.

The death is reported of Mrs. J. J. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, who passed away on Wednesday, at the age of 85. She was the widow of Mr. J. J. Atkinson, for many years a member of the Northamptonshire County Council. Mrs. Atkinson had lived at Cosgrove Priory for forty years, and was interested in many movements in the district, where she was held in high esteem. A son, Captain Atkinson of the Royal Dragoons, gave his life in the war. The other members of the family are Mr. P. Y. Atkinson, Miss M. Atkinson, and Miss G. Atkinson. The funeral will take place at Cosgrove on Tuesday.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 February 1930

MANY MOURNERS

At Funeral of Mrs. Isabella
Atkinson.

The Church of Peter and Paul, Cosgrove, held a crowded congregation on Tuesday at midday, when the funeral took place of Mrs. Isabella Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, an esteemed member of an old county family, who died on Wednesday at the age of 80. The coffin was conveyed on a hand-bier, drawn by the following members of the outdoor staff at the Priory; Messrs. A. Eglesfield, J. Ellis, J. T. Holson, T. Bushel, F. Lavington, and A. Valentine. As the congregation was assembling the organist, Mr. C. Compton, played “Rest in the Lord” and other music. The service, which was choral, included the hymns, “Praise to the Holiest in the height” and “Come unto Me, ye weary”, whilst Psalm 90 was sung. The service was conducted by the Rev. J. Stockton (curate-in-charge), who was assisted by the Rev. E. Kenworthy Browne. M.A., rector of Paulerspury and Rural Dean of Preston II.

The interment took place in the churchyard in a grave beautifully lined by Mr. T A. Lord and Mr. Lambert, with white tulips, statics, Christmas roses, Brompton stocks, and mimosa, with a background of ferns and ivy leaves. Upon the coffin rested two wreaths, one from Philip, May, and Gune, and the other from the men and maid servants. The grave was by the side of that where Mrs. Atkinson's husband, the late Mr. J. J. Atkinson, J.P., C.C., who died in 1924, is buried.

The family mourners were: Captain P. Y. Atkinson (son). Miss Atkinson and Miss G. Atkinson (daughters), Miss Foster, Woodcote, Salop (sister). Mrs. Foster, Spratton Grange (sister-in-law), Mrs. Goulburn (niece). Miss Goulburn, Letchworth; Mrs. Trevor Wood, London; Mrs, Wilkinson (sister-in-law) and Mr. Wilkinson. Amongst those present in the church and at the graveside were: Dowager Lady Penrhyn, Right Hon. Lord Penrhyn, Lord and Lady Hillingdon. Lady Wake, the Hon. Mrs. E. A Fitzroy, Colonel F. Douglas-Pennant (Sholebrook Lodge), Admiral and Mrs. Purefoy, Lieut.-Colonel Wood, Major and Mrs. H. Grant Thorold, Major and Mrs. Francis Gore Langton (Little Tingewick), Miss Marjory Wood, Mr. and Mrs. W. Paterson, Miss MacFerran, Mrs. Hugh Major and Mrs. V. D. S. Williams, Major Arbuthnot, Mr. Morley, Lieut.-Colonel F. Penn (Whittlebury), Mr. H. T. F. Weston. J.P., C.C. (Yardley Gobion), Mr. C. H. Weston, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Dickens, Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Habgood, Dr. and Mrs. D. W. A. Bull, Captain T. G. du Buisson, Captain and Mrs. Marcus Pelham, Mrs. and Miss Markham (Castlethorpe). Mr. W. M. Stanymore (Wicken), Mr. J. E. Whiting, Mr. P. J. Whiting (Gayhurst). Mr. Donald Fraser, J.P. (Moulsoe) Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Guinness (Greens Norton), Colonel and Mrs. F. Bennett, Mr. J. D. Lees and Miss Lees (Whittlebury). Miss Wells (Cosgrove), Captain W. R. Uthwatt (Great Linford), Col. W. Trevor, Captain and Mrs. Bryan Holt (Potterspury), Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom, Mrs. Wellesley Taylor. J.P. (Sherington). Mrs. Loombe (Grafton Regis).

Members of the household staff present were; Misses Webb, Hillyer, Snowdon, and Marlow. Mrs. Lavington, and Mr. A. Noble.

Representatives present from organisations with which Mrs. Atkinson was associated were: Mesdames Stockton, A. F. Jelley, Bushell, Swain, Beasley, Atkina, Noble, Eglesfield, Cummings, G. Brown, and A. Bates (Mothers’ Union), and Mr. P. Horne (Cosgrove Football Club), whilst Messrs J. Haldon and A. Andrews represented the Parish Council. The seating arrangements in the church were made by Mr W. S. Parrott (churchwarden), Messrs. W. Slaymaker. J. Higgins. W. W. Meakins, and C. R, Whiting. After the service a half-muffled peal of Grandsire Doubles (changes) was rung on the church bells by Messrs. A. Meakins (treble), J. Higgins, E. Hillyer, W. Crowder, and E. C. Lambert (conductor).

A magnificent collection of floral tributes included, in addition to tokens from members of the family, those from Lord Berners, Lady Sophie Scott; Sir Thomas and Lady Hesketh; Cosgrove Mothers Union; Cosgrove and Old Stratford Conservative Association; organist, choir, past and present Sunday School scholars of Cosgrove Church, teachers and school children, Cosgrove; the Dowager Lady Penrhyn ; Lord and Ladv Penrhyn; Mrs. Fitzroy and the Speaker; Sir Walter and Lady Carlile, officials and players of Cosgrove Football Club.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 March 1930

A FINE PIKE
Caught by Northampton Angler.

A pike, 3ft. 5in. in length, and weighing 18¾ lb., was caught in the Cosgrove Broadwaters on Sunday by Mr. C. (Paddy) Milas, member the Northampton Semilong and District Working-men's Club Angling Section. Mr Miles was the youngest member of the section taking part the last outing of the season. The rendezvous was at Old Wolverton and twenty members enjoyed a fine day and fair sport, a cold wind having a retarding influence on feeding. Mr. Miles' pike, one of three taken by anglers who moved to Cosgrove is believed to be the best of the season locally. It is being preserved for the Club by Mr. Bazeley, Mr. and Mrs. Fancutt, of the Locomotive Inn provided an excellent dinner for the anglers. The arrangements were made by Mr. A. J. Westley and Mr. E Leigh.


Wolverton Express 4th April, 1930

Cosgrove

Women Conservatives’ Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Conservative Association was held, by kind invitation of the Misses Atkinson, in the large hall of Cosgrove Priory on Tuesday afternoon.  There was an excellent attendance.  Miss Gune Atkinson presided, supported by Miss Atkinson (Hon Secretary), Miss Wells (Hon Treasurer), Mrs Corner (Hardingstone), and Captain G. Langdon (Divisional Agent).

In her report Miss Atkinson referred to the death of her mother, who was president of the association, and said that, with her sister and brother, she wished to express her gratitude for the lovely flowers sent by the Association. In conclusion she thanked the officers and committee for their support.

The Hon Treasurer’s statement showed that last year’s substantial balance had been increased.

It was decided to ask Miss Balfour to become President, Miss Gune Atkinson was elected chairman, and Miss Atkinson and Miss Wells were re-elected Hon Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

Arrangements were made for attending the annual meeting of the Association at Towcester next Tuesday, for a sideshow at the summer fete at Whilton on 28 June, and for a visit of the touring cinema.

An address on the benefits of Safeguarding was given by Mrs Corner.  She pointed out that the present Government were proving a ghastly failure, for against their promises of more work and higher wages at the last election, unemployment had increased by 500,000, and it was the plain fact that they had made matters are 1000 times worse.  Every month they had been in office saw the figures on unemployment increased by 50,000, or 1000 a day.  Excuses were made for this, but a bad workman always blames someone else or his tools.  The only possible chance of prosperity was to realise that the policy of Mr. Baldwin of safeguarding industry and developing trade was the way out (applause).

In conclusion Mrs Corner paid a tribute to the late Mrs Atkinson as a good and generous lady.  They would all agree that they could not do better than follow the example in life she had set them.

Thanks to the speaker were expressed by Mrs. Whiting and Miss Wells.

The company were entertained to tea by the Misses Atkinson.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 April 1930

COSGROVE DOGS
Get their Owners Into Trouble.

Two Cosgrove dogs were found guilty of sheep worrying at Stony Stratford Police Court on Friday. One was ordered to be destroyed and the other to be kept under control.

Alfred Thomas Botterill, licensed victualler, Navigation Inn, Cosgrove, and Elsie Emily Wright, married woman, Myrtle Cottages Cosgrove, were each summoned for being the owner of a dangerous dog. P.C. Grainger said on March 15 he visited one farm, where he saw about 25 ewes and a number of lambs huddled in the corner of a field. He proceeded to another farm, where he saw the dogs separating a flock of sheep. So far as he knew the sheep were not injured.

Charles Edward Turney, farmer, Wolverton, said that on March 15 he was driving through Furtho when he saw two dogs worrying sheep against a hedge. He notified the Police.

John Payne Barr, farmer, Manor Farm, Furtho, said he found the sheep lying down and winded. He examined them, but found no injuries. Several of them had lambs and some were in-lamb. Next day one of the ewes had difficulty in lambing, and a mishap occurred to another animal few days later. Botterill said he would have his dog destroyed. A representative of Mrs. Wright said her dog was only a puppy, and she did not want it destroyed.

The Chairman said a lot of dogs about the country were a real nuisance to farmers and poultry keepers. The difficulty was to get hold of them. The Bench ordered Botterill’s dog to be destroyed, the other dog to be kept under proper control, and each defendant to pay costs of 4s.


Wolverton Express 18th April, 1930

Cosgrove

Mr. P C Gambell, auctioneer of Newport Pagnell and Olney, completed a successful sale of 180 acres of keeping and mowing grass at the Manor Farm, Cosgrove on Thursday, by the instructions of Mrs Agar.  There was a good company and the prices realised showed a slight advance on present sales in the neighbourhood, viz, 30/- to 56/- per acre.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 June 1930

POTTERSPURY RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.

Concerning the water supply the Medical Officer stated that Potterspury, Stratford, parts of Hartwell, Wicken. Deanshanger, had a constant supply of good quality water. Paulerspury, parts of Ashton, Alderton, and part of Hartwell, Grafton Regis, and Cosgrove are dependent on a number of shallow wells, many of which are badly situated, in constant danger of contamination. There had been a general shortage of water in the villages dependent on shallow wells especially at Ashton.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 June 1930

POLICEMAN ENTERS WATER.

Two Wolverton men who, without seeking permission from the owner, borrowed a punt, and went for a ride in the river at Cosgrove, were fined at Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, on Friday.

Leslie Reuben Henson (21) french polisher, 44, Young-street, Wolverton, and Reginald Grace (21), bodymaker, 57, Ledsam-street, Wolverton, were summoned for committing wilful damage to a padlock to the amount of 5s., the property of Charles Reginald Whiting, Cosgrove, on May 27.

Henson appeared and pleaded not guilty, but Grace sent a letter in which he pleaded guilty to trespass, but not to damage. Prosecutor, a farmer, residing at the Lodge, Cosgrove, said he owned the punt, which was kept under a tree alongside the river at Cosgrove. On May 27 he discovered that the punt was missing. The padlock, with which it had been secured, was lying on the bank. The lock had been forced. Later he saw the boat containing the two defendants further along the stream. He called a man named Clarke to stop them. Clarke went into the water, and the defendants got out and ran away. The punt was not damaged.

Frederick Joseph Clarke, parish constable, Cosgrove, employed by Mr. Whiting, stated that he went to the River Ouse, where he saw the defendants in the punt. He went into the water to stop them, and defendants jumped out and ran off. He recovered the punt, in which were found eggs.

P.C, Grainger, Yardley Gobion, stated that he saw defendants about the matter. Grace said they did not damage the lock. Henson said they went walking, saw the punt, and took it.

The Chairman (Mr. A. F. Jones) remarked to prosecutor that it was not the first occasion he had had his punt damaged. A month ago some lads appeared before the court for a similar offence.

MANY JOURNEYS

Mr. Whiting said he had brought the case as he was determined to stop the practice. He farmed the land on both sides of the river and used the boat to get from one side to the other. Time after time he had had to fetch the punt from Wolverton viaduct where it had been taken.

Supt Hankins said he had been receiving many complaints about youths, not only from Northamptonshire but from Bucks, getting into mischief and doing damage.

Henson, who said he was out of work, informed the Bench that on the particular morning they had nowhere to go so they took the punt for a joyride.

Grace was fined 30s and 5s damages and Henson £1 and 5s damages and costs.

The Chairman remarked that the Bench were out to stop this mischief and damage and in the future he doubted whether there would be any option of a fine. The Court would take the case more seriously.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 July 1930

Herbert Jones Markham, farmer, Thorpe Wharf, Cosgrove, was summoned for keeping a dog over the age of six months without a licence at Cosgrove May 27.— P.C. Grainger said defendant told him that a girl took the money to Cosgrove Post Office, but as they had no licences she brought it back. Witness called later, and still no licence had been obtained.

Defendant, by letter, promised to get a licence.—Fined 15s


Wolverton Express 25th July, 1930

Cosgrove

P C Gambell

Is instructed by Mrs. B E Agar to Sell by Auction on Tuesday, July 29, 1930, at 5.30 o’clock exact time,

40 Acres of Wheat, Oats & Barley, with the Straw to go off, as now standing on the Manor Farm, Cosgrove.                            

Lot  No on Ord. Catalogue 
a.
  r. 
p.
Survey Map
1 Part 132  Wheat
20
0
0
2 126 Barley 
6
0
0
3 115  Oats
7
2
0
4 116 Oats
6
3
0

The company will please meet the Auctioneer at the entrance gate to the field known as “Thickthorn” on the Cosgrove to Stony Stratford Road at 5.30 o’clock exact time.

Credit on the usual conditions.

Auction offices Newport Pagnell & Olney.


Wolverton Express 15 August, 1930


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 August 1930

FALSE DECLARATION.

Cosgrove Motor Coach Proprietor
Fined.

Malcolm Eckford Jelley, motor coach proprietor, Cosgrove, was summoned at Stony Stratford Police Court, on Friday, for making a false declaration in respect of a Road Fund licence for a motor coach, at Northampton, Tuesday, June 3.

P.S. Rollings said he saw a motor coach owned by defendant plying for hire at Stony Stratford. He examined the Road Fund licence and found it was for the seating of more than fourteen and not more than twenty passengers. Defendant was paying equivalent to annual tax of £36 per year, but the vehicle contained twenty four numbered seats, all properly constructed and of regulation size.
Witness later saw defendant, who said he took the licence out before he received the ’bus. He did not expect the full 24 seats when he made the declaration.
Witness then examined the Road Fund licence and found it had been amended to seat more than twenty and not more than twenty-six passengers, the tax for which was equivalent to per year. Defendant had paid the additional money. It was a new ’bus which had not been licensed before. It had been licensed by the Wolverton Urban District Council as a 20-seater Defendant stated that he took out a licence for 20-seater ’bus which he had ordered, and when he took delivery he found there were 24 seats.
Answering a question, he said the seating arrangements were not to his order

The Chairman: You realised soon as you got delivery of the ’bus? Yes.
Defendant added that he then ordered two more seats and intended to take out a licence for the full twenty-six seats. In the meantime he was stopped.

The Bench accepted the explanation but imposed a fine of £2.


Wolverton Express 29th August, 1930

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions

Speeding

Chas. A S Hennessy, lorry driver, 29 Bedford Street, Liverpool, was summoned for driving a heavy motor lorry at a greater speed than 12 m.p.h. at Cosgrove on 24th July.  PC Roche stated that defendant was travelling at the rate of 30 m.p.h.  Fined £2.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 August 1930

COSGROVE.

Cosgrove Horticultural Show was held on Saturday in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall, in connection with the annual hospital fete. The show proved the most successful yet held both in the numbers exhibits and the quality. The arrangements were made by the following committee: Messrs. T. Lord, A. J. Childs, R. Ince, J. Hall, H. Gascoyne, G. Hooton, and G. Williams. The judges were Mr. W. Buckingham (Wicken Park) and Mr. J. Pitson (Wicken Rectory), whose awards were;—

Vegetables.—Collection, 1 G. Williams, 2 S. Williams; Beans 1 G. Hooton 2 J. Ibell; Carrots A. J. Childs 2 G. Church. Cauliflower 1 J. Brown. Beet 1 H. Tapp 2 G. Ray. Peas 1 J. Swain 2 G. Church. Marrow 1 A. J. Childs 2 G. Hooton. Pickling Shallots 1 M. Whiting 2 G. Church. Spring sown Onions 1 J. Swain 2 H. Johnson. Autumn sown Onions 1 J. Swain 2 W. Stewart. Tomatoes 1 Mrs. Clark 2 Nash. Round potatoes 1 A. J. Childs 2 A. Ashby. Kidney potatoes 1 A. Ashby 2 A. Grace.

Fruit- Plums 1 J. Brown 2 H. Meakins. Cooking Apples 1 S. Williams 2 H. Johnson. Dessert Apples 1 S. Williams 2 A. J. Childs. Collection 1 - Townsend 2 J. Ibell. Gooseberries 1 A. J. Childs. Raspberries 1 J. Ibell.

Flowers – Sweet Peas 1 A. Overton (New Bradwell) 2 L. Rainbow. Bunches 1 T. Payne 2 S. Williams. Gladioli 1 T. Payne 2 C Evans. Carnations 1 G. Hooton 2 R. Webster.

Special Prizes – Collection of Vegetables 1 S. Williams, G. Hooton. Collection of Fruit 1 J. Ibell. Window Plant 1 H. Meakins 2 Mrs. Hooton. Bouquet of Flowers 1 G. Williams 2 S. Williams 3 J. Ibell. Roses 1 Nash 2 R. Webster. Potatoes 3 varieties from Cosgrove allotments 1 G. Williams 2 A. Childs. Hens’ eggs 1 H. Johnson. Bunch of cut flowers 1 T. Payne 2 E. Owen. Largest marrow 1 H. Herbert. Bouquet of wild flowers (children under 9) 1 Flora Ince 2 Margaret Brown. Over 9 1 Mary Whiting 2 Jim Holman. Heaviest potato 1 Phil Whiting.

The prizes in the special classes were given by Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom (Cosgrove Hall), the Misses Atkinson Cosgrove Priory), Miss Balfour, Mrs A. F. Jelley, Mr. C. R. Whiting, Miss Wilkinson and Mr. S. Williams.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 August 1930

FOR THE HOSPITAL.

A Successful Fete at Cosgrove.

The annual fete of the Cosgrove Hospital Committee, Saturday, was an enjoyable function, although the attendance was much affected by the rain in the morning and early afternoon. Fortunately the weather held fine later and at intervals the sun shone brilliantly. The fete took place in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall, by permission of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, and a more pleasant and suitable venue would have been hard to find. Earyl in the afternoon, the Bradwell United Prize Band, under the conductorship of Mr. J. E. Johnson, assembled near the Green and marched to the Hall, where the opening ceremony was performed by Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, Bart., who spoke of the excellent work of the Northampton Hospital, and his remarks were endorsed by Mr. C. H. Battle, secretary to the Hospital Week Fund. Thanks were expressed Mr. S. Williams and Mr. T. C. Payne. There was an attractive display of flower and vegetable produce, and in the evening these exhibits were sold by Mr. H. Tebbutt, Messrs. Woods and Co., Northampton, and the proceeds devoted to the hospital effort funds. A pony gymkhana was held under the direction Captain Ashley, whilst a comic dog show was superintended by Mr. C. R. Whiting. Displays of country dancing were given the lawn by Cosgrove children, directed by Mrs. Thacker, headmistress of the village school, with Mrs. Andrews at the pianoforte. Prizes won at the flower show were distributed in the evening by Mrs. Winterbottom.

Sideshows included a spinning jenny, hidden treasure, skittle board, coconuts. These were superintended by Mr. T. Cummings, who had the assistance of Messrs. Higgins, Kingston, E. King, R. Brown, C. Evans, and Ivan Dunkley. A Fruit and ices stall was under the care of Mrs. T. Lord and Mr.s Norman, whilst teas were served by Mrs Winterbottom assisted by Mesdames Brown, Gascoyne, Bushell, Noble and S. Williams.

The Bradwell United Band played selections during the afternoon and provided dance music in the evening. The organisation of the fete was carried out by a hard working committee which had Mr. S. Williams as its secretary and Mr. T. C. Payne its hon secretary. A Bridge party was held at the Hall in aid of the funds.


Wolverton Express 19th September, 1930

Cosgrove

Fishing contest for hospital funds

A fishing contest took place on Saturday, 6 September in the Buckingham Arm, Cosgrove, by kind permission of Mr. Winterbottom, and the proceeds were on behalf of the Cosgrove Hospital Effort Funds.  About 62 anglers took part and those successful in winning prizes were: 1 Mr W. Childs 1lb 4½ oz, 2 Mr. Bavington 14 3/4oz, 3 Mr. Hope 11 oz. All fish caught were allowed to be weighed in with the exception of pike and eels.  The contest was superintended by Messrs. J. Clarke, T. Cummings, T Hall, and S. Williams.


Wolverton Express 3rd October, 1930

Cosgrove

The bell ringers of St Edmund’s Church, Northampton, held their annual outing on Saturday, when they had visited Hanslope, Cosgrove, Bletchley, and Buckingham, and rang on the bells at the Parish Churches at the places named.  Hearty welcome was accorded the ringers at Cosgrove by the Rev. JJA Stockton, a former curate of St Edmunds.


Wolverton Express 17th October, 1930

Cosgrove

Bellringing

Last Saturday, 1280 Grandsire Doubles, half muffled, were rung on the bells of the Parish Church as an act of remembrance to the crew of the R101.

The ringers were W Crowder, E C Lambert (conductor), J. Higgins, A Hillyer and F. Johnson.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 October 1930

COSGROVE

HARVEST THANKSGIVING services at the Parish Church on Thursday and Sunday were conducted by the Rev. E, J. Fenn, Castlethorpe, and Rev. J. R. Stockton (curate-in-charge) respectively. The proceeds the sale of harvest gifts on Monday, together with the offertories at the services, will be divided equally between Northampton General Hospital and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent institution.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 October 1930

CLAIM FOR FURNITURE.

Cosgrove Case in the High Court.

Enid Mary Lindsay Stuart, of the Little Manor, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford, Bucks, was sued before Mr. Justice Roche, in the King’s Bench Division on Tuesday by Messrs. Maple and Co., Ltd., decorators furnishers, of Tottenham Court-road, London, W. 1., who claimed that she was indebted to them for a quantity of household furniture and effects, and for work done on her instructions. It was stated that the total amount of Messrs. Maple’s account against Mrs. Lindsay Stewart, was £269, relating to the period from April, 1929, to October, 1929. The defendant paid on £50 May 9, 1929, and she had since paid £61 into court.

By her defence Mrs. Lindsay Stewart admitted liability for certain of the items against her, but maintained that for part of the account she was not liable, as, contracting with Messrs. Maple in certain matters, she had acted as agent for her husband, against whom she had since obtained a decree nisi. Mr. Justice Roche held that the defence forward Mrs. Lindsay Stewart failed in respect of the matters in dispute. He said he was satisfied that she acted as principal, and not as agent for her husband. He gave judgment for plaintiffs for £158.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 October 1930

WEDDING OF MISS GRACE
PENN.
 A Quiet Ceremony at Helmdon.

A wedding of considerable interest took place at Helmdon Church on Monday, when Miss Grace Penn, of Falcutt House, was married to Captain Philip York Atkinson, of Cosgrove.

Brigadier Sir Hereward Wake. D.S.O., acted as best man, and the bride was given away by her brother. Lieut.-Colonel R. Penn, M.C. After the ceremony a reception was held at Falcutt House, at which the guests included Capt. and Mrs. G. Lees. Mrs. W. Penn, Mrs. E. Penn. Miss Olive Penn, Mrs. Young. Miss Nancy Penn, Lady Wake, Lady Penrhyn, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Lees, Miss Lees. Mrs. F. Penn, Miss M. and G. Atkinson, etc.

Captain and Mrs. Atkinson are spending the honeymoon at Overstrand Hall, Cromer, lent by Lord Hillingdon. They will live at Cosgrove.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 November 1930

COSGROVE.

A REMEMBRANCE SERVICE was held by the British Legion, on Sunday afternoon, when the ex-Service men were joined by Legionnaires from Stony Stratford and Deanshanger. A procession formed at Bridge-row was inspected by Captain P. S. Atkinson, M.C., before the service was attended at the Parish Church of SS. Peter and Paul. The Legion Standards of the Stony Stratford Branches were carried. The Service was conducted by the Rev. J. J. A. Stockton, who also gave the address. The “Last Post” and “Reveille” were sounded by three members of the Stony Stratford Boy Scouts. Wreaths were placed on the War Memorial Tablet in the Church by Mr. W. Slaymaker, on behalf of the Old Stratford ex Servicemen, and Mr. H. Gascoyne, on behalf of the Cosgrove ex-Service men. A collection for Earl Haig’s Fund realised £5 0s. 2d.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 November 1930

CANVASS OF PARISHES.

Potterspury Rural District Council on Thursday considered replies to a circular letter issued with a view to ascertaining the need for houses in the area covered by the Council. ……….

The Cosgrove Parish Council were of opinion that least eight houses were needed for the parish, and the most suitable site was in the allotments fields against the village school.………

The Council approved an application by the Northampton Electric Light Company, for the erection of overhead low and high tension mains, in the parish of Cosgrove.


Wolverton Express 9th January, 1931

The Late Mrs A Jelley

We regret to record the death of Mrs. Jane Jelley the wife of Mr. A Jelley, late of Cosgrove, who died on Saturday, 26 December, at the residents, 66a Wolverton Road, stony Stratford, at the early age of 51 years.  Her passing followed by short illness and came so unexpectedly as to occasion a great shock to her relatives and friends.  She was the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Chapman, of 11 Jubilee Terrace, Stony Stratford, and was held in much esteem by many friends in the town.  She was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon, 31 December, in the London Road cemetery, following a short service in the Wolverton St Mary’s church, the vicar, the Rev. EJ Payne, officiating.

The family mourners present were Mr. A Jelley (husband), Mr S. Chapman (father), Mrs M. Robbins, New Bradwell (sister), Mr F. Chapman (brother), Mrs. Smith, Cosgrove (sister-in-law), Miss F Jelley, Cosgrove (sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. C Jelley, Wolverton (brother-in-law and sister in law), Mr W. Robbins, New Bradwell (brother-in-law), and Mrs. Scragg, Stony Stratford (friend).

Mrs. T. Leonard, the eldest sister of the deceased, who resides in Ireland, was unable to attend the funeral, neither could her mother, through reasons of ill health.

There were beautiful floral tributes as follows: In Affectionate Remembrance from her sorrowing Husband; In ever loving memory, from Mum and Dad; from May and Will (sister and brother-in-law); Frank and Doll (brother and friend); Mr. and Mrs. T Jelley (father-in-law and mother in law); Brothers and Sisters in law, Cosgrove; Mr. and Mrs. H Jelley, Wolverton; Mr. and Mrs. Dawson, Wolverton; Mr. and Mrs. Barnes and Norman, Bradwell; Neighbours and Friends, Jubilee Terrace and Wolverton Road; Mr. and Mrs. Brown, “The Duke of Edinburgh”; Mrs Lane; Mrs H Scragg and friends; Mr. and Mrs. Toombs, Wolverton Road; Florrie and Claud; Mr. H E Kentish; Miss Westley; Mrs. Wright; Bertha and Gladys; Mr. and Mrs. F Mackerness and family, Willesden; Mr. and Mrs. Toombs, London Road; Her Husband’s Workmates; Cyril and Rose, Manchester; To Auntie Jane from the kiddies; From old friends, Nellie, E. Wain, L. Richardson, L. Austin and M Richardson; Charlie, Janet, and Gwen and Annie.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 February 1931

COSGROVE.

THE COSGROVE members of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild, rang a peal of 5040 Grandsire Doubles, in 2 hrs. 48 mins., on Saturday. The ringers were: A. Meakins treble, C. C. Lambert 2, J. Higgins 3, E. Hillyer 4, and F. Johnson tenor. The peal, conducted by Mr. E. C. Lambert, was the first peal for Nos. 1, 4 and 5.


Wolverton Express 20th February, 1931

Riding without a light at midnight

William Edward John Manning, motor body maker, Grange Cottage, Emberton, was summoned for riding a motorcycle on the highway without proper lights at Cosgrove on 19 January.  PC Grainger stated that he stopped defendant at midnight at Old Stratford riding without a light.  He pleaded that there must have been a hole in the connecting tube of the lamp.  Defendant, who did not appear, was fined 10/- .


Wolverton Express 20th February, 1931

Cosgrove

Hospital dance.  A most successful dance was held in the Council Schools on Friday evening last on behalf of the Cosgrove Hospital Week Fund.  The Stony Stratford Melody Maker’s Mouth-Organ band provided an excellent programme of dance music.  Refreshments were served by the Ladies’ Committee and the arrangements were made by the Committee, with Mr. T C Payne as hon secretary.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 March 1931

WATER WANTED.

Cosgrove Asks for a Proper Supply.

The need for a proper supply of water at Cosgrove was brought the notice of Potterspury Rural District Council on Thursday, when a letter was read from the clerk to Cosgrove Parish Council stating that the matter was raised at the Parish Meeting, and it was decided to ask the District Council consider the matter. It was pointed out that fewer than 37 houses are without supply of their own. The Clerk asked whether there was a public supply, and the Chairman replied in the negative. It was decided to adjourn the matter until the next meeting of the Council in order ascertain the result of the borings that were now being made on the Council’s housing site. Tenders for sanitary work were accepted as follows: Mr. Charles F. Foster (Potterspury and Yardley Gobion), Mr. H. R. Canvin Deanshanger), and Mr. W. Onan (Cosgrove and Old Stratford).


Wolverton Express 8th May, 1931

A dance was held in the Memorial Hall, Old Stratford, on Saturday evening, by the Cosgrove ex-Scholars Association.  There was a large company present and the function was very enjoyable.  Music was supplied by Mr. D Green and his Sylvians Dance Band of Stony Stratford.  Mr. E Prothers, of Yardley Gobion, acted as MC, whilst the duties of steward were carried out by Mr. Higgins.  Refreshments were served during the interval by Mrs. Thacker, Mrs Bushell, Miss Slaymaker, and Miss D. Giles.  The proceeds, which were in the neighbourhood of £3, were in aid of a summer outing for members of the association.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 May 1931

COSGROVE.

A SONG and recitation service was provided at the Mission Hall the scholars and friends Sunday afternoon. Mr. Woodard, JP. (Stony Stratford), presided, and Mr. Downing and Mr. Key were in charge of the children.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 May 1931

YARDLEY GOBION WOMEN’S INSTITUTE At the monthly meeting held at Stone Bank on Thursday by permission of Mrs. Leach the vice-president Miss Ward presided. The President, Miss Townsend, gave an interesting demonstration of glove making. A team of members of the Cosgrove Association under the superintendence of Mrs. Thacker, gave a delightful exhibition of folk dancing that was greatly enjoyed. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Brown and Miss Tandy. Miss Warr proposed votes of thanks to the president, Mrs. Thacker and her party, and to hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 June 1931

BELLRINGERS.

Towcester District Meeting. The annual meeting of the Towcester Branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Bellringers took place in the Schoolroom at Wicken on Saturday afternoon. Representatives from all the towers in the branch were present except Pattishall, and visitors from Stony Stratford and Northampton attended.
Capt. J. C. Grant-Ives (Bradden) presided, supported by the Rev. R. Howes, Cold Higham (hon, secretary), and the Rev. H. S. Vinning, Greens Norton (hon. treasurer). Others present included: Canon Bartlett (Helmdon), Rev. C. K. Gimson (Bradden), and Rev. W. S. Pakenham-Walsh (Sulgrave).
The Chairman said he was told that in Wicken there were about 18 ringers. Other places would be glad of a few of them. Many places had done very well during the year with their progress, but few were lagging behind. At Gayton and Stoke Bruerne lack of progress was partly due to the difficulty in obtaining instruction.
The Secretary reported that Wicken was the great achievement of the year. Several belfries were in a very “dicky” condition. A scheme had been got out for dealing with Towcester bells at an estimated cost of £530. They would like to see something done at Paulerspury where they deserved a better peal. Cosgrove should also have a treble bell. At Wappenham and Bradden ringing ad been going well, as it had at Helmdon, Sulgrave and Wicken, and the last-named belfry had helped Paulerspury. The weak spots were the towers on the edge of the district, Gayton, Blisworth, Stoke Bruerne and Alderton. The district could not send instructors and he had hoped that the Peterborough Guild would do something to send ringers from Northampton to help those towers. Northampton ringers, however, liked to stop in their own towers. (Laughter.)
The Treasurer repotted balance of £14 11d., against a debit at the end of June last £2 16s. 7d.
Capt. C. Grant-Ives was re-appointed president; the Rev. R. Howes, hon. secretary; the Rev. H. S. Vinning, hon. treasurer; and Mr. L. C. Lambert and Mr. A. J. Green, representatives to the Central Committee. Messrs. J. M. Gray, F. Case, and C. Hinton were re-appointed to the Branch Committee, with the addition of Messrs. T. Roberts (Wicken). Higgins (Cosgrove), and George Mansfield (Greens Norton), new members.


Wolverton Express 24th July, 1931


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 August 1931

HOSPITAL FETE
Show and Sports at
Cosgrove Hall
MANY ATTRACTIONS

The annual fete at Cosgrove on behalf of the Northampton General Hospital, was held on Saturday, when Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom lent the grounds of Cosgrove Hall for the event which took place in fine weather. There was no formal opening but Afr. P. L. Battle, assistant secretary to the Northamptonshire Hospital Week Committee, visited the fete and thanked Cosgrove people for the work they are doing. He mentioned that in 1929 they raised £160, whilst last year, a wet day, the amount was £80 10s. In connection with the fete a flower show was held.

The exhibits were judged by Mr. J. Buckingham (Wicken Park) and Mr. J. Pitson (Wicken Rectory).

 THE AWARDS

VEGETABLES. —Collection, 1 T. Kightley. Old Stratford, 2 J. J. Longhurst, Yardley Gobion; runner beans, 1 J. Longhurst, 2 J. lbell, Stony Stratford; carrots, 1 G. Church, Yardley Gobion, 2 A. J. Childs; beet, T. Kightley, 2 Miss Whiting, Cosgrove; peas, 1 Church, 2 A. Kightley; marrows, 1 A. Tack, 2 E. Hall; eschalots, 1 A. Ashby, 2 F. Hall; spring onions, T. Kightley, 2 J. Longhurst; autumn onions, 1 J. Longhurst, 2 A. Owen; tomatoes, 1 J. F. Nash, Yardley Gobion, J. Clark; round potatoes, 1 T. Kightley, A. Kightley. kidney potatoes, 1 T. Kightley, 2 A. Pettifer, Potterspury; plums, 1 J. Ibell; cooking apples, 1 J. Longhurst; dessert apples, l .1, Longhurst.

FLOWERS.—Collection, 1 J. Clark, 2 Slaymaker. Old Stratford - cut flowers, 1 S. Williams, 2 A. Twistleton, Stony Stratford; gladioli, 1 A. Pettifer, 2 John Payne; carnations, 1 Williams, 2 J. Longhurst. Special prizes. Vegetables (by Mr. Winterbottom), 1 G. Church, 2 S. Williams, fruit (by Mr. Winterbottom), J. Ibell; bouquet (by Capt. P. Y. Atkinson), 1 G. Williams, 2 S. Williams. A. Pettifer; bowl sweet peas (by Miss Wills), 1 Longhurst, 2 S. Williams; cut flowers (by Mrs. C, K. Whiting), 1 G. Williams, 2 S Williams; potatoes, three varieties (by Miss Wills), I G. Williams, 2 S. Williams; potatoes, two varieties (by Mrs. A. F. Jelley), 1 S. Williams, 2 A. J. Childs; eggs (by Mr. C. R. Whiting), 1 A. E. Higgs, Stony Strafford ; wild flowers, Cosgrove children under 9 years (by Miss Wilkinson). 1 Irene Evans, 2 Margaret Brown; over 9 years, 1 Rosie Hooton, 2 Mary Whiting.

Collections of fruit and vegetables not for competition were shown by Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom, Cosgrove Hall, and Afr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, of Horton Hall. All the exhibits were sold for the funds by Mr. H. Tebbutt, of Messrs. Woods and Co., auctioneers, Northampton.

SPORTS. Sports were arranged in the park under the direction of Messrs. A. Kightley (handicapper), Loughery (starter), A. Bushell and A. Noble (judges).

Results:— Girls’ race (under 8), 1 Mary Brown, 2 Irene Evans; under 14, 1 Rosie Hooton, 2 Flora Ince; boys (under 10), 1 Norman Wright, 2 Phil Whiting; under 14. 1 Ronald Beasley, 2 Norman Castle; boys’ sack race, 1 Harry Cummings, 2 Eric Noble; youths’ sack race, 1 Alfred Crouch, 2 Arthur Noble; slow bicycle, 1 Victor Meakins, 2 Stanley Kightley; potato race, 1 Archie Bushell, 2 M. Whiting. Mrs. Winterbottom distributed the prizes.

Side-shows in the grounds were under the supervision of Mr. T. Cummings. They were: Silver mine. Miss E. Barby and Miss O. Eglesfield; ices, minerals and sweets, Mrs. A. Norman and Mrs. T. Lord; spinning wheel, Mr. I. Dunkley and Miss E. Nicholls; three arrows, Mr. E. Hillyer; bowling. Mr. C. Evans; dice bowling, Mr. H. Noble: table skittles. Mr. E. King; ground skittles, Mr. R. Brown; cheese skittles. Mr. G. Hickford; darts. Mr. M. Knight; coconuts, Messrs. S. Kightley and A. Bushell. Teas were served by Mesdames A. Smith, D. Andrews. G. Brown, A, Childs, G. Noble, A. Bushell, T. Cummings, F. Stewart, H. Gascoyne, and Miss Slaymaker (Old Stratford). A whist drive was held and a tennis tournament was under the charge of Miss Gune Atkinson. The Hanslope Excelsior Band rendered selections. The fete committee had as chairman Mr. S. Williams, and Mr. A. Tack as hon. secretary


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 August 1931

It was resolved that the Council proceed with the purchase of a housing site at Cosgrove, and the Clerk was authorised to obtain loan sanctions. Earlier, the Inspector had reported that he had made a house-to-house inspection of Cosgrove, and had found one case of overcrowding and no empty houses.


Wolverton Express 11th September, 1931

Local Cyclist’s Great Performance

Mr. J G Knight, of the Wolverton Amateur Athletic Club, finished up the season on Saturday last week with an excellent performance, when in partnership with S. Cozens, he won the Grand Madison Race of 50 laps (14 ½ miles) at the National Cyclist’s Union’s meeting of champions at Herne Hill.

The chief prizes for this race are decided on points for a series of sprints which take place at every 10th lap, the first three receiving points in the ratio of 3, 2, and 1, with double points for the final sprint, whilst to make the race still more exciting, there are five primes or prizes for a kind of “unofficial” series of sprints which take place in the back straight at 3½ laps and every 10th lap thereafter, and also a prize for the leader of the most laps in the fall 50.  It can be seen from these conditions that the race is a veritable slog from start to finish.

The partners in the race usually consist of a good stayer, who must also be capable of making a good sprint should the occasion arise and of a sprinter who must also be able to keep with the bunch after his sprint until relieved by his partner, which takes place in relay fashion by one rider drawing alongside the other.

Saturday’s race was competed for by 13 pairs which included the famous brothers F H and P Wyld, C W and D S Horn, J E Sibbit and E J Blackler, and the present sprint champion of Holland (J J van Egmond) in partnership with Roy Linke, of Cologne.

In addition to winning the race proper, Mr. Knight also won one of the special primes at the end of 13½ laps and was also leading at 34 laps 2½ laps from the finish, when 24 riders were on the track together. Knight cleverly worked through the bunch to place his partner in a splendid position for the final burst.

This is Knight’s third win in this particular kind of race and he has also been placed third, twice last year in partnership with Cousins, and his previous partner being H Grant, the famous rider, behind pacemakers.

Mr. B F Tapp of Wolverton, was an umpire at the meeting.


Wolverton Express 10th October, 1931

Cosgrove Residents in Car Collision

A collision in which Mr. and Mrs. J H Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, Stony Stratford, were involved as they were returning from Frinton, was described at Bletchley Police Court on Thursday in a case in which William Yates Moore, a motor salesman, of Coventry, was fined £1 and ordered to pay £1/6/0 costs on a summons for driving without due care and attention at little Brickhill on 20th July.  The Yates pleaded not guilty

Miss Sybil Morris, 51 Tavistock street, Bletchley, said she was walking from Little Brickhill towards Fenny Stratford when a man in a passing motor car gave her a “saucy look” and slowed the car down.  A following car had to crash into the back of his car to avoid hitting her.  She had given no encouragement, and was not looking in the direction of the man.

Mrs. Cecile Mary Winterbottom said the car in front suddenly drew across the road and stopped without warning in the middle.  She had to hit defendant’s car or the girl.  George Harald Winterbottom said his wife had no chance of avoiding both the defendant’s car and the girl.  It was one or the other.

PC Woolford, of Towcester, said the defendant are reported the accident and added that he was driving from London to Coventry when he slowed down to light a cigarette and saw another car behind. As he slowed down this car bumped into him and the back of his car was damaged.

Defendant was pushed for 10 yards.  He was on his right side.

Superintendent Callaway us defendant whether he was not looking at Miss Morris.

Defendant said he naturally looked at her because she was the only one on the road.  It would not be correct to say he gave her a saucy look.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 November 1931

ATTRACTIVE MODERN HUNTING
BOX.

THE LITTLE MANOR, COSGROVE.

Commanding delightful views of the surrounding picturesque country. Long winding drive. Two floors only. Entrance hall, fitted cloak-room, three reception rooms, five bedrooms (two with lavatory basins), two bathrooms, usual offices.
Good repair, Costly fitments. Telephone. Pleasant garden, paddocks, grasslands and woodlands, in all about

31¾ Acres

With vacant possession

HAMPTON and SON

Will sell the above BY AUCTION

At the ST. JAMES’ ESTATE ROOMS,
 SW1

On TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER Next

(Unless previously sold)

Solicitors Messrs. KENNETH BROWN BAKER BAKER Essex House Essex-street W.C.2

Particulars from the Auctioneers Hampton and Sons 20 St James Square S.W.1


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 November 1931

BIG RACE FOR
WOLVERTON

Athletics have played prominent part in the life of Wolverton for many years, in post War years the town has figured very much on the map in the world athletics.

…… Then there is G. Knight, of Cosgrove, whose cycling feats against the Polytechnic “cracks” earned him well-merited distinction. He is still a popular idol with the Wolverton crowd on Whit-Tuesday, when the annual sports are held at Wolverton Park, considered to be one of the best tracks in the Midlands.


Wolverton Express 20th November, 1931

Cosgrove [Poppy Collection]

The sale and collection at Cosgrove was superintended by Mrs. P Y Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, whose collectors were Misses Joan Eglesfield, Doris Hooton, and Kathleen Bushell, who brought in £3/14/8.


Wolverton Express 20th November, 1931

At Cosgrove

A Remembrance service was held at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Cosgrove, on Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. JJ Stockton, who based his address on the text Bailey one another’s burdens.

A large contingent of Legionnaires from the Stony Stratford and District Branch, Men’s and Women’s Sections, was present with their standards, borne by Mr P. Austin and Mrs. P Gammage.  The British Legion trophy, won by the Stony Stratford Branch, was carried by Mr. P Gammage (hon Secretary).  A parade, which formed up in Bridge Row, was marshalled by ex Sergeant Major A Smith, and was under the charge of Captain P Y Atkinson.  There were about 100 present, including the Stony Stratford 1st Group of Boy Scouts under GM Dicks, the parade being headed by the Scouts Bugle Band.

During the service in the church a wreath of Flanders Poppies from the Cosgrove ex-Service men was laid at the foot of the War Memorial by Mr. A Gascoyne, and a similar token from the Old Stratford ex Servicemen by Mr. A W Slaymaker.  The Last Post and the Reveille was sounded by two members of the Scouts, J. Battrick, and J Packer.  The offertory, which was on behalf of Earl Haig’s Fund, amounted to close upon £5. Following the service a muffled peal was run on the church bells.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 November 1931

COSGROVE

Fifty-six players took part in a whist drive in in aid of the Ex-Scholars’ Association. Mr. Scott was M.C., and was assisted by Mrs. Thacker and Miss W. Slaymaker. The winners were Mrs. M. E. Jelley, Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. Page, Miss Tack (playing as a man). Mr. Foddy, and Mrs. Whyman (playing as a man). Refreshments were served by Mrs. Thacker, Mrs. Bushell, Miss J. Higgins, and Miss W. Slaymaker, and an enjoyable social followed the drive.


Wolverton Express 27th November, 1931

Possession of a cottage

Arthur Owen, Cosgrove, was summoned by John Higgins for possession of a cottage at Cosgrove.  Applicant stated that he had taken over a farm and wanted the cottage to put his own man in.  He had received no rent from defendant, nor had it been tendered to him.  The house went with the farm which he took over from Mr. Dickens.

Defendant stated that he went into the cottage on 1st July, 1927, and was trying hard to get another cottage.  He worked at Stony Stratford and was a single man, with his mother and two sisters living with him.  He had been the mainstay of their homes since his father went away to Southend-on-Sea.

The Chairman informed defendant that the Bench had no option but to make the order, but that they would allow him as long a time as possible and would allow him 28 days in which to give up possession.


Wolverton Express 25th December 1931

Cosgrove

Bravery Recognized

An interesting presentation took place at Cosgrove Schools on Thursday afternoon last when a certificate of the Royal Humane Society was handed to Mrs. D Freestone by Miss Balfour.  In August last Mrs Freestone, at great risk to herself, saved a young boy from drowning.  This act of bravery was brought to the notice of the society by the Rev. Mr. Hewson.


Wolverton Express 1st January, 1932

Cosgrove

The late Mr. J J Holdom

The funeral took place on Wednesday of a well-known resident of Cosgrove in the person of Mr. Joseph John Holdom, who passed away during the previous week in London.  The coffin was conveyed from London direct to the Cosgrove Parish Church, where the burial service was conducted by the Rev. J J Stockton, who also performed the last rites in the Churchyard.

The mourners present were: Mr. and Mrs. Gosling (brother-in-law and sister), Mrs. nd Miss Ingram, New Bradwell (sister and niece), Mr. T Holdom, Mr. J Holdom, Mrs. and Miss Deakin, Mr. F Eades, Mrs Lees, and Mr. Lees (junr.), Mr. and Mrs. J. Clarke.

Mr. C P Woolard JP and Mr. P W Downing, Stony Stratford, represented the Cosgrove Mission Hall, of which deceased was a member.

There were also present a number of village residents, four of whom, Messrs. J Horne, J Brown, F Barby, and H. Barby, acted as bearers.

During the service, the hymns sung were “For Ever With the Lord”, “Abide with me”, and “Son of my Soul”, Mr C. Compton presided at the organ.

Beautiful floral tributes were from: Florrie and Fred; Joe and Daisy; John and Kate; F and K. Gosling A Wilkins; Polly Tompkins, Emily; Emily and Frank; Daisy and Elsie; Kitty and Ernest; Alice and Edie; Mrs Henson and Mrs. Barby; Friends of the Cosgrove Mission Hall; His Shopmates of the Joiners Shop of the Wolverton Railway Works.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 January 1932

THE LITTLE MANOR,
COSGROVE.

About 2 Miles from Stony Stratford

THE VALUABLE FURNITURE,

including:

Hair and Wool Mattresses, Inlaid Mahogany and Oak Bedsteads, inlaid Mahogany Washstand, Oval and Shield Shaped Mirrors, Mahogany Cupboard, Mahogany Chest of Drawers, Casement and Chintz Curtains, VALUABLE BEDROOM SUITE in polished grey walnut, QUEEN ANNE TALLBOY. QUEEN ANNE TABLE, Wilton Pile Carpets and Persian Rugs. SET OF SIX CHIPPENDALE CHAIRS, JACOBEAN CARVED OAK SIDEBOARD. JACOBEAN DINING TABLE. CARVED OAK SETTLE, CARVED OAK CHEST, Set of Dining Chairs in Oak, Carved and Cane Seat Chairs, Mahogany Half Circular Table. CHINA CABINET, MAHOGANY SUTHERLAND and OCCASIONAL TABLES, PIANOFORTE by Chappell, AEONIC PORTABLE WIRELESS SET. Brass Coal Vases, also the Kitchen and Outside Effects,

which MR. P. C. GAMBELL,

WILL SELL BY AUCTION,

By Direction of Mrs. Lindsay Stewart,

TUESDAY. JANUARY 12th, 1932,

at 11 o’clock exact time

On View Monday, January 11th, 1932, from 11 a.m. to 3p.m.

Catalogues may obtained from the Auctioneer, Newport Pagnell and Olney.


Wolverton Express 8th January 1932

Cosgrove

The ex-scholars of the Cosgrove Council School held their annual party in the Schools on Wednesday week.  There was a company present numbering about 70, and the proceedings commenced with games and dancing, Mrs Andrews presiding at the pianoforte.  Supper was served during the evening, the tables being waited on by Mrs. Thacker, Mrs. A Bushell, and Miss W Slaymaker, assisted by members of the Ex-scholars Association.  Games and dancing were afterwards resumed, and a spot dance competition was won by Miss Lucy Scott and Mr. Eric Stevens, both of Old Stratford.  An enjoyable evening concluded with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”.  Mrs Thacker (Head Mistress) was responsible for the arrangements.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 January 1932

GOOD PRICES
COSGROVE LITTLE MANOR
SALE

High prices were realised the sale of furniture at the Little Manor, Cosgrove. The auctioneer was Mr. P. C. Gambell Newport Parnell and Olney, acting on instructions from Mrs. Lindsay Stewart. A polished grey walnut suite realised £42 10s., and the other principal prices were; Persian rugs, £4 5s., £5 15s., £3 and £8 15s.; mahogany chest of drawers £2 5s.; Wilton carpets, £9 5s., £6 ; 10s., and £5; antique walnut tallboy of drawers, £15; mahogany wardrobe antique mahogany bow front chest of drawers, £4; inlaid mahogany ; with box mattress, £4 5s.; antique chest with carved panels, £9 10s; settee, with carved panels and arms 10s.; two arm and four single chairs, Chippendale style, £13 antique walnut table, £4 15s.; settee upholstered in tapestry, £4 10s.; chair, ditto, £3 12s. 6d.; mahogany card table, 4s.; pianoforte in wood frame, £24; five valve portable wireless set, £4 5s.; antique mahogany inlaid circular front side table, £4  5s, walnut Sutherland folding table, £2 0s 6d.; Jacobean style oak dresser, ditto dining table, £16; ditto pair chairs and four single chairs

Amongst the outside effects, three galvanised corn bins made from a guinea to £1 3s.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 January 1932

COSGROVE

A PEAL of 5040 doubles (1,230 changes each of Stedman. Grandsire, and St. Simon’s triples, and 1,44-0 plain bob doubles), was rung on the church bells two hours and three-quarters on Saturday, by J. May, Castlethorpe; E. C. Lambert (conductor), Yardley Gobion; J. Higgins, Cosgrove; A. W. Gibbons, Hanslope; E. Hillyer, Cosgrove. It was the first peal of the kind heard in Cosgrove.


Wolverton Express 22nd January, 1932

Postal arrangements

For Deanshanger, Passenham, and Wicken

…….  Mr. R L C Ridgway complained about the postal village address of those three villages being Bletchley.  People who use their postal address for railway parcels such as “Deanshanger, Bletchley” found that they had to go to the Bletchley railway station to collect those parcels.  It similarly applied with Potterspury, Northampton parcels being sent to the Northampton station

…….. Mr. Ridgeway proposed that the Bletchley postmaster be asked that the postal address of Wolverton (the nearest railway station) be added to Deanshanger, Passenham, Wicken, Cosgrove, and Old Stratford and whilst agreeing to the suggested alteration of times requested that the 8.30 pm collection of letters remain as at present. Mr. Montgomery seconded, and this was carried.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 February 1932

A letter was read from the Boy Scouts Association asking for the payment of rent in order to meet the rates of Hiawatha’s Hunting Ground on the Cosgrove-road. There is seven acres, used by the Council as refuse tip, which the Boy Scouts used as a camping ground.

Mr. North: There have been complaints of rats.

The Chairman: Great sport for the boys to catch them. (Laughter.)

The application was granted.


Wolverton Express 23rd March, 1932

Cosgrove

For Hospital Funds

A successful and fancy dress dance was held by the Hospital Week Fund on Friday evening, when about 140 people were present, many in fancy dress, which were ably judged for awards by Mrs. W W Dickens, Mrs. J. Adams, Mrs. R C Whiting, Mr. Dickens, and Mr J. Adams Jr..  The prize winners were: Ladies, 1 Mrs. Norman (Seaforth Highlander), 2 Miss Jessie Gould (Nautch Girl); gentlemen, 1 Mr. C Hill (Charlie and his kid), 2 Mr W. Ratcliffe (the Hiker); Girls 1 Gwen Jelley (Bo Beep), 2 Eileen Evans (the coster), 3 Marion Freestone (Teddy bear); Boys1 Harry Cummings (the scarecrow), 2 Howard Smith (Harlequin), 3 Louis Hill (Charlie’s kid); Tiny Tots, 1 Cynthia Tompkins (Newspaper girl), 2 Gladys Loughrey (the House that Jack built), 3 Georgie Hill (the Jockey), 4 Billy Taylor (Lily of the Valley).  The Melody Maker’s Band provided the dance music.  Refreshments were served by Mesdames G Brown, A Bushell, G Noble, T. Cummings, and Gascoyne, whilst the duties of stewards were carried out by Messrs. S. Williams, T. Cummings, and F Hall.  The sum of £6/14/0 was realized.


Wolverton Express 1st April, 1932

Manor Farm Cosgrove

P C Gambell

Is instructed by the Exors of the late Mrs Agar to sell by auction on Friday, 8th April, 1932, at Five o’clock exact time,

190 Acres of Keeping and Mowing Grass

up to 1st of November, 1932

Lot  Catalogue
a
r
p
1 Brown Moor 
12
3
33
2 Dipping Tub Field (with use of Yard, Buildings and Dipping Tub)
11
1
18
3 Rookery
10
2
9
4 Shephard’s Close
14
3
23
5 The Meadows (may be mown)
33
2
31
6 The Meadows (may be mown)
41
2
24
7 Barn Grounds
14
2
29
8 Towing Path Field
9
1
28
9 Hovel Close
7
3
38
10 Hales and Wales
17
0
12
11 Lock House Field
10
0
19
12 Home Close 
4
1
23
  Farm Paddock (with Yard)
1
1
13

The Keeping is for grazing only, excepting Lots 5 and 6, which may be mown if desired.

No bulls or entire horses to be grazed.

A man will be provided to attend to the stock and fences.

The company will please meet the Auctioneer at the gateway on the Stony Stratford - Cosgrove road at 5 o’clock.

Credit on the usual conditions.

Auction Offices : Newport Pagnell & Olney.


Wolverton Express 24th June 1932

Cosgrove

Wolverton Angler’s Large Catch

One of the finest specimen bream that had been landed from the Grand Union Canal (Buckingham Arm) in the Wolverton district, obtained for a Wolverton angler on Saturday last the first prize in a fishing competition, which was held in connection with the Cosgrove Hospital Effort.  The honour fell to Mr. W Smith of Wolverton, who, having had a very quiet afternoon, with little success, was richly rewarded a few minutes before the competition concluded by landing a bream which turned the scale at 4lb 1½ oz.  He was entirely unprepared for such a catch and had some difficulty in getting it to the bank.  It was a fish that was admired by every angler who has since seen it.  The bream was 21 inches in length.
Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 July 1932

SOME BIG CATCHES

The coarse fish season has opened well. Several good catches have been made and the promise of sport is excellent.

Claim has often been made in these notes, that good sport is possible in the canal in the early part of the season if anglers concentrate on bream. Indication of possibilities is found in the capture, last Saturday, of a bream 4½ lbs. The fish was landed by a Wolverton angler, in a Hospital Charity match at Cosgrove.


Wolverton Express 1st July, 1932

Cosgrove

Outing

The Cosgrove Ex-Scholars Association held their annual outing on Saturday last, when a party numbering about 40 made the journey by road to Southend-on-Sea.  An early start was made and Southend was reached at about 10.30 am.  The party then dispersed to find their own pleasures.  The return journey was made in the evening and Cosgrove was reached in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Mrs. Thacker made the successful arrangements.


Wolverton Express 15th July, 1932

Cosgrove

The Wolverton Town Silver Band are giving the programme this Sunday evening at Cosgrove on the occasion of the village feast.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 July 1932

LOCAL COMPETITIONS

Now is the time for those who frequent the various local canals to obtain sport with bream. During the past two weeks, many fish up to 5 lbs, in weight have been landed from canal waters. The five-pounder caught in the Long Buckby area stands out as the best authentic bream from local canals. Fish of over four pounds have been caught at Castlethorpe, but the previous fish has eclipsed anything the writer has knowledge of from the canal.

Some amusement, in certain circles, concerns the capture of bream of three pounds weight, caught in the canal at Cosgrove recently. Two well-known swimmers claimed the glory. “’Twas Frank’s rod, but Charlie landed the fish.”


Wolverton Express 5th August, 1932

Cosgrove

Whist drive

A very successful whist drive was held in the Schools on Friday last in aid of the Cosgrove Ex-Scholars Dance Band. Winners of prizes were: Ladies, 1 (playing as lady) Master A Bushell, 2 Mrs. Parker, lowest scorel Mrs. Thacker; Gentlemen, 1 Mr. E R Side, 2 Mr. Noble, lowest score Mr. W Gascoyne. There were fifty players taking part. Refreshments were served by Messrs R. Giles (treasurer) and L Davis. A draw for a plate of cakes was run by Miss B Tack and for sandwiches was won by Mr R. Davis, and was put up for sale again. The Ex-Scholars wish to express their heartfelt thanks to those who have supported their whist drives.


Wolverton Express 19th August, 1932

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions

Straying Cattle

William Crowder, Farmer, Cosgrove was summoned for allowing four cows and one goat to stray on the highway at Cosgrove on 13 July.  Defendant pleaded guilty.

PC Grainger stated that whilst on the Yardley Gobion road he saw four cows and one goat belonging to defendant straying on the highway, causing obstruction to a saloon motor car and a motor lorry.  Defendant said he was sorry it had happened.  He drove the cattle into the fields and someone must have left a gate open.  He did not know they were on the highway until he was told.  The bench ordered defendant to pay costs of 4/-.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 August 1932

FETE AND SHOW FOR HOSPITAL

A FINE RECORD

A flower show, fete and sports, in aid of the Northampton General Hospital, were held at Cosgrove on Saturday, in the delightful grounds of Cosgrove Hall, the residence of Mr. G. H. Winterbottom, jun.
The fete was declared open by Mrs. W. Holden, of Bromson Hall, Leamington, to whom thanks were expressed by Mr. S. Williams, chairman of the committee. It was stated during the speeches that since 1924 the village had raised £674 for the Hospital —an average each year of £84. During that period there had been 30 in-patients and 95 out-patients.

Several stalls and side-shows were well patronised and were in the charge of the following helpers: Jumble stall, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Bushell; sweets, Mrs. Norman; ices, Mrs. Lord; bran tub, Mrs. G. Noble and Master Arthur Noble; teas, Mesdames G. Brown, H. Gascoyne, G. Noble, T. Cummings, H. Herbert, and Mr. C. Mills; shooting gallery, Mr. A. Teagle; bowling, Mr. R. Brown; bottle fishing, Miss Childs; darts and candlelighting, Mr. C. Knight; ground skittles, Mr. C. E. King; bowling rings, Mr. E Kingston; coconuts, Mr. A. Loughrey; table skittles, Mr. S. Eglesfield; racehorse, Mr. W. Holden, jun.; fortune telling, Mrs. B. Sharpe, Towcester; motor car rides, Mr. W. J. Peabody; hidden treasure, Mrs. A. Andrews; and competition for cake, Miss Ivy Hopcraft and Miss Ada Humphries.

Mr. T. Cummings superintended the side-shows organisation, and Mr. A. Loughrey and Mr. A. Tompkins had charge of the children’s sports. The committee responsible for the general arrangements comprised Messrs. G. H. Winterbottom (president), S. Williams (chairman), A. Tack (hon. sec.), F. Hall, T. Cummings. R. Brown, E. King, W. Swain, Ince Higgins, H. Gascoyne, Mesdames G. Brown, G. Noble, T. Cummings, H. Herbert, A. E. Norman, F. Holman, A. Bushell, T. Lord, and Gascoigne.


Wolverton Express 2nd September, 1932

Cosgrove

The ex-scholars is held a very successful dance in the Memorial Hall, Old Stratford, on Saturday last, attended by a record company of 120 dancers, who enjoyed an excellent evening’s programme.  The music was ably provided by Douglas Dytham’s Dance Band.  During the interval a draw for a cake, which had been managed by Mr E. Stevens, took place and the winner was Mr W. Jones, Stony Stratford.  Refreshments were served by Mrs. W. Giles, D. Giles, I. Williams, D Slaymaker, and E Ray.  Messrs. R. Toombs and R. Giles carried out the duties of door stewards.  The organizers of the dance thank all those who attended and made the dance such a great success.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 September 1932

The Ministry of Health wrote suggesting various modifications in the Council’s housing programme and approving procedure in respect of houses. It was resolved to apply for the houses at Potterspury and Cosgrove to be wired for electricity.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 October 1932

BISHOP REMOVES BAN

RECTOR RETURNS TO COSGROVE AFTER 25 YEARS

SERVICE IN DIMLY LIT CHURCH

As the result of the lifting of the ban by the Bishop of Peterborough (Dr. Claude Blagden), the Rev. Henry Newington Clark Hewson preached on Sunday in Cosgrove Parish Church, from which he was inhibited nearly 25 years ago. Mr. Hewson, who is 79, was welcomed back by large congregations. There is no choir, and the interior of the church was a network of scaffolding owing to the fact that the roof is being releaded. The nave was fairly well lighted for the evening service, but the chancel, with the fitful light of candles, was more or less in semi-darkness, and the aged rector and lay reader had some difficulty in reading. Mr. Hewson lamented the disappearance the old-fashioned system of worship when the father and mother took their children to church. Now the parents went their own way and the children went theirs. He thought the old way a great blessing and a good example.

THE INHIBITION

The inhibition was a sequel to a law suit and sequestration and was pronounced by the then Bishop of Peterborough (Dr. Carr-Glyn) as a consequence of which Mr. Hewson was debarred from taking the services at Cosgrove or anywhere in the Diocese of Peterborough. The ban has just been lifted by Dr. Claude Blagden, the present Bishop.

As the inhibition did not affect him taking part in services outside the Diocese Mr. Hewson related to a Mercury and Herald representative how he first went to Dingwall in Scotland and then to Strathpeffer, and afterwards officiated for five months at Berwick on Tweed. He has preached in England, Scotland and Wales. All along he has made his home at the Rectory, and during that time there have been several Curates in Charge, the last of whom is the Rev J. J. Stockton.

FOND OF THE POOR

“I went to Holy Communion last Sunday,” the Rector said, “I did not know whether I should be refused, but I was not.”

Mr .Hewson added that he had always been fond of the poor people. “Most clergymen are in rural parishes,” he said.

The advowson of Cosgrove was sold in 1892 by the Mansel family by direction of the Lord Chancellor to a friend of the Rev. H. N. Hewson, who took over the living the following year on the resignation of the Rev Patrick McDouall.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 October 1932

COSGROVE

IVY and Virginian creeper decorated the bare scaffold poles at the Parish Church, the roof of which is undergoing repairs, for the harvest thanksgiving, which was one of the brightest and best attended of recent years. All the services were conducted by the rector, the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson, and his son, Mr. A. Hewson. Mr. C. Compton was at the organ. The fruit and vegetables were sold yesterday. The proceeds of the festival were equally divided between Northampton General Hospital and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.


Wolverton Express 14th October, 1932

Cosgrove

Harvest thanksgiving services at the Parish Church on Sunday were conducted by the rector, the Rev. H N C Hewson, and his son Mr A. Hewson.  Mr. C Compton was at the organ.  Ivy and Virginian Creeper decorated the scaffold poles, the roof of the church undergoing repairs.  The harvest gifts of fruit and vegetables were sold on Monday, the proceeds of the festival being equally divided between the Northampton General Hospital and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 October 1932

PARTING GIFTS TO VICAR

MANY SUBSCRIBERS AT
COSGROVE

The Rev. J. J. A. Stockton, vicar of Cosgrove since 1925, and Mrs. Stockton, received a number of gifts their departure from the parish for Everdon, where Mr. Stockton is taking up duty as rector. Captain P. Y. Atkinson presided at largely-attended meeting, at which a cheque for £191 10s. and an album containing letters and the names of some 410 subscribers, were presented to Mr. Stockton by Mr. W. B, Parrott on behalf of the parishioners.

Before this presentation look place, Master Howard Smith, on behalf of the Sunday School, gave Mr. Stockton a leather pocket case, and Miss Kathleen Bushell handed a writing case, also from the Sunday School, to Mrs. Stockton. From the bellringers, Mr. John Higgins handed a briar pipe to Mr. Stockton, who returned thanks. Those present included Captain Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson. Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Parrott. Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Dickens, Miss D. Haynes, Mr. and Miss. G. R. Whiting, Miss M. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence. Miss Balfour, Miss Wells, and Mr. J. Higgins.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 October 1932

INFANTICIDE CHARGE

OFFER OF MARRIAGE AT ASSIZES

HOME READY

STONY STRATFORD WOMAN BOUND OVER

An offer of marriage was made at Aylesbury Assizes on Saturday to Mabel Owen (24) 181 High Street Stony Stratford, who was charged with infanticide. The offer was accepted.

Owen was seen leaving the bathing place at Stony Stratford on the morning of Monday July 25. Later the body of a newly born child was recovered from the river. Owen made a statement to the police in which she was alleged to have said that she jumped in the water but could not go under and got out again, that the child was born in the bathing shed and that she threw it into the river.

THE INDICTMENT

The indictment against Owen was in two sentences; (1) A wilful act. (2) An act of omission, but that at the time she was distraught because she had not fully recovered from the effects of the birth.

On the advice of her counsel, Mr. T. F. Butler, Owen pleaded guilty to the second section. Mr. A. C. Caborn was instructed for the prosecution.

P.S. Gee, Wolverton, said Owen was born at Castlethorpe in 1908, and was the youngest of a family of five. She had been in domestic service at Wolverton and Northamptonshire, and had an illegitimate son aged five. The father of this child and the child to whom the charge referred, was a farm labourer, age 28, who had contributed to Owen’s support.

Arthur George Allen, of Cosgrove, gave evidence admitting he was the father of the children and said he was willing to marry Owen, he was earning 32s. 6d. a week, and would have married her previously but circumstances had made it impossible.

The Judge (Mr. Travers Humphrey) Why impossible?

COUNSEL’S PLEA.

Witness; I did not get much money. I was quite willing to marry her so that the young boy should go to school. I tried after a house, but could not get in. I have a home and furniture ready for her.

Owen said she was willing to be married.

In answer to counsel, witness said he met Owen on Sunday July 24, and made arrangements to go with her to the pictures on the 25th.

Mr. Butler submitted that the evidence went to prove that the birth of the child was not considered imminent, and that Owen was distraught. She was not a callous mother as her first child was properly looked after. The judge said it would be inhuman in such case to punish by imprisonment and on receiving Owen’s assurance that she would not again try to commit suicide or to endanger the birth another child, he ordered her to bound over for two years in a recognisance of £5.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 December 1932

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

FEW athletic clubs in the Midlands can show a finer record than that of the Wolverton Athletic Club, which has been in existence for nearly half a century. Though other attractions to-day seriously affect the success of such clubs, the Wolverton organisation is still carrying on and doing valuable work among the younger generation of that town.

One of the greatest favourites on the cycle track of recent years is J. G. Knight, of Cosgrove, or "Jimmy” as his friends and admirers call him. Although he never actually rode for the English team, it was just mischance that after selection he did not compete in France. In the wheelers’ world he is still a force to be reckoned with despite a nasty fall on the Wolverton track year two ago. He can generally be found near the scratch mark in the leading track events, and has built up a reputation for training with earnestness which would surprise many of those who decry the present generation.


Wolverton Express 23rd December, 1932

Potterspury Rural District Council

…….  The Clerk was instructed to seal the contracts for the erection of houses in the parishes of Ashton, Cosgrove, Grafton Regis, and Potterspury.  Sanction was received from the Ministry of Health to the raising of a loan for £8855 for the erection of these houses, and Mr. Ridgeway moved a resolution, which was seconded and carried, the to the application be made to the Public Works Loan Board to the borrowing by the council of this amount.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 January 1933

COSGROVE

THE EX-SCHOLARS’ ASSOCIATION held a successful party in the Council School. The rooms had been gaily decorated, and after tea dancing and games were indulged in. Music was supplied by the Ex-Scholars’ Band and Mrs. Andrews at the piano. Messrs. R. Davis, W. Gascoyne, K Lord and R. Toombs acted as M.C.s. The excellent arrangements were made by Mrs. Thacker (president) and the committee.

A WHIST DRIVE and dance arranged by the Hospital Committee and held at the school attracted a good company. Prizes given by Mr. Wilcox, Mr. Greeves, Messrs. York Bros., Mr. R. Seal, Mr. Lever, Mr. Tyrell, Miss Lees, and Mr. Hughes, were presented Mrs. Wilcox to Mrs. N. Dawkes, Miss Duke, Miss M, Lyman, Mr. Mulholland, Mr. A. Dove, Mr. F. Dunkley, Miss Lucy, Mr. A. Tipler, Mr. Hollowell, and Mrs. Abram. Mr. Tyrell was the M.C., and Air. G. Higgs gave assistance.


Wolverton Express 6th January, 1933

Cosgrove

Mission Hall

A unique record held by Mr. C P Woollard JP, of Stony Stratford, is that each year since the Cosgrove Mission Hall has been in being, he has been privileged to deliver the New Year’s address.  His address at the evening service on Sunday last was the 45th New Year’s address he had given in this place of worship.


Wolverton Express 6th January, 1933

The Ex-Scholars association held a most successful party in the Council Schools on Boxing Day when about seventy young people sat down to an enjoyable repast.  The rooms were gaily decorated and dancing and games were indulged in until one o’clock.  Music was supplied by the Ex-Scholars Band, and Mrs Andrews at the piano.  Mrs. Thacker, the president, and the Committee were responsible for the excellently carried out arrangements, while Mrs. R. Davis, K Lord, W Gascoyne, and R Toombs made very able M C.s.  Messrs. Bebow and Son, of Stony Stratford, were the caterers.


Wolverton Express 3rd February, 1933

North Bucks Enjoys the Ice

Four happy, yet all too short, days, was a lot of local skaters to enjoy the pleasures of the ice.  During the whole of last week the thermometer stood at about, or below, freezing point, and the keen east and north east winds help to freeze every sheet of water in the neighbourhood, including the Grand Union Canal and River Ouse.  Skaters in the Wolverton district had their first “try out” on the ice on Wednesday, when quite a number of people had an enjoyable afternoon of pleasure on the pond at the Old Wolverton Manor Farm.  On Thursday and the three subsequent days, the Broad Waters at Cosgrove was the centre of attraction, and each day crowds of skaters practised their art on this extensive sheet of water in skating and ice sports.  There is no doubt that the Broad Waters provided one of the best sheets of ice that had been in the neighbourhood for many years, and a remark of a skater that “it looks too good to skate upon” was very true.  From the heights of the canal bank the ice was so clear as to make people wonder whether there was ice actually there at all, but any fears of the skaters in this direction were rapidly dispelled for the “Broads” were literally crowded, especially on Saturday and Sunday.  Local football clubs on Saturday bemoaned the fact of poor support, but many of the usual frequenters of the football grounds were intent upon enjoying the pleasure of the ice before a thaw set in.

On Sunday the “Broads” were visited by thousands of people, the majority although not being themselves skaters, finding enjoyment in the pleasures of others.  Especially in the afternoon, when the weather was so favourable for walking, the canal footpath between Old Wolverton and Cosgrove was so crowded with a continuing stream of people that it much resembled a promenade at some favoured seaside resort in the summer months.

Fortunately ice accidents were few.  One Wolverton lady, Mrs. Walton, of Windsor Street, had the misfortune to fall on the Broad Waters on Thursday and fractured her arm.  This was the most serious of the accidents reported, others being quite minor affairs.

The thaw began on Sunday.  A steadily changing barometer prepared the way for it.  Sunday night brought rain which, falling on the frozen earth, made the transport and travel conditions early on Monday most difficult.  Railwaymen living several miles from their work suffered from the fact that the omnibuses in which they usually travel were unable to climb the gradients of the road and that morning the men were forced to walk to their work, with the result that there were many late arrivals in Wolverton.  One omnibus skidded the whole width of the road near the Railway Works, and another mounted the pavement, whilst one bus was unable to climb even the slight gradient near the Science and Art institute.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 February 1933

COSGROVE

Mrs. Atkinson, the president, took the chair at a meeting of the Women’s Institute, and was supported by Mrs. Whiting (vice-president) and Mrs. M. Jelley (hon. secretary). The Institute room at the Old School has recently been re-decorated and many appreciative remarks were passed on its appearance. Miss Clarke, a member, gave a demonstration on the making of cane trays, and was heartily thanked by Mrs. Atkinson. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Gascoyne and helpers. Games followed.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 March 1933

A FAMILY CONNECTION with Cosgrove which had lasted nearly 200 years was broken by the death of Miss Willison, aged 81. She was the last member of the family of the late Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Willison. Her mother, native of Cosgrove, died in 1915, aged 95.


Wolverton Express 17th March, 1933

Cosgrove

A Dog Exemption

The Stoney Stratford bench were set to the problem on Friday last to decide as to the usefulness of a terrier dog in farm work as Herbert Markham, smallholder, Cosgrove, defended an objection by Superintendent Hankins to an application for the exemption of a “sheep” dog.

PC Wilford and stated that the defendant made an application for a sheepdog exemption and in company with PS Norris he went to defendant’s premises to see the dog in question.  There they saw a terrier dog and when they went to see the dog work amongst the sheep and cattle, it did not work as a sheepdog should.

PS Norris stated so that the dog took little notice of the owner, the sheep, or the cattle.  He did not consider it a sheepdog, but a nuisance.  In his opinion the dog was kept solely as a guard for the house.

Superintendent Hankins said he had no objection to what sort of dog it was.  That was immaterial so long as the dog did its work.  If it did not do that work it was like getting a dog licence for nothing instead of paying 7/6.

The chairman Mr. S F Jones: You admit it is not a properly trained sheep dog?

Defendant: I admits that, but I have no other help and it is useful to me.  It will pen sheep up but it will not pen lambs of ten weeks old.  I do not want the job for any other purpose than for working among the sheep and cattle.

The chairman remarked that they had seemed a little difficulty in this case and there was a doubt as to whether the dog was of use so the Bench had decided to give the defendant the benefit of the doubt and grant an exemption for the dog for this year.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 March 1933

COSGROVE

Mrs. Atkinson presided at a meeting of the Women's Institute, held in the Old Schoolroom. Mrs. Threadgold, of Great Brington, gave an address on the making of soft slippers, and Mrs. M. Jelley won the competition, guessing the names of villages. Mrs. A. F. Jelley and Mrs. Ford were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 March 1933

STRAYING SHEEP

George Bennett Heap, 111, Birchfield road, Northampton was summoned at Stony Stratford Police Court Friday for allowing 10 sheep to stray at Cosgrove.

P.C. Wilford said he put the sheep back into defendant’s field and got some brushwood to stop the gaps. Defendant said he had since repaired the gaps. He did not think the sheep were out many minutes. Heap was fined 10s.


Wolverton Express 31st March 1933

Cosgrove

A fancy dress dance was held on Friday in aid of hospital funds and of about 90 people present, there were many in fancy costumes.  A parade of these competitors was judged by Mrs. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory and Misses M. Atkinson and G. Atkinson, of Paulerspury house.  By skilful discrimination they gave their awards as follows:

Tiny Tots, Gladys Loughrey (Goodnight); girls, Rita Meakins (Nippy), Dorothy Markham (Golliwog), Marjory Brown (Italian gipsy); boys, Harry Cummings (scarecrow); ladies, Mrs. E King (guardsman), Mrs F Hillyer, Jr., (Scarecrow); gentleman, Jack Eglesfield (Spring cleaning), Mr. P Swain (one o’clock in the morning).  The prizes were distributed by Miss M. Atkinson. Mr S. Williams, on behalf of the Hospital Week Committee, thanked the ladies for their invaluable assistance and all others for their support, without which the work of the hospital could not be carried on.  Miss M. Atkinson replied and spoke of the difficulties experienced in awarding the prizes in view of the splendid makeups.  She felt sure that many hours of labour must have been spent in their design, and hoped that too much disappointment was not felt by the other competitors who did not receive awards.  Mesdames Brown, Noble, Cummings, Gascoyne, and Herbert were at the buffet, and duties of door stewards were carried out by Messrs. T. Cummings, F Hall, and S. Williams.  The amount cleared was £2 14s 2d. This ended the dance season and brought the total raised for the year to £40.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 April 1933

Many hundreds of miles have been covered on foot over the border of Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire by Mr. Amos Childs, who has just retired after 33 years’ service with the Wolverton Urban Council. His home is at Cosgrove, and he has made the journey on foot every day by the side of the Grand Union Canal in weather. He was the oldest employee of the council, and foreman of the outside staff.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 April 1933

MANOR FARM, COSGROVE.

MR. P. C. GAMBELL

Is instructed by the Exors. of the late Mrs. Agar,

TO SELL BY AUCTION,

On WEDNESDAY NEXT, APRIL 12th, 1933,

At 5 o’clock exact time,

207 ACRES OF KEEPING AND
MOWING GRASS,

Up to November 1st, 1933.

CATALOGUE.

Lot

a.

r.

p.

1.

Brown Moor                             

12

3

38

2.

Dipping Tub Field                     

11

1

18

(With use of yard, buildings and dipping tub).

3.

Rookery 

10

2

9

4.

Shepherd’s Close...  14.3.23

Towing Path Field      9.1.28

24

1

11

5. The Meadows (may be mown)
33
2
31

6.

The Meadows (may be mown)

41

2

24

7.

Barn Grounds

14

2

29

8.

Hovel Close ………. 7.3.38

Hales and Wales..... 17.0.12

25

0

10

9.

Lock House Field

10

0

10

10.

Home Close …..                4.1. 23

Farm Paddock (with yard) 1.1.13

5

2

36

11.

Second Lawn

16

2

7

The Keeping is for grazing only, excepting Lots 5 and 6, which may be mown if desired. No bulls or entire horses to be grazed.
A man will be provided to attend to the stock and fences.
The company will please meet the Auctioneer at the gateway on the Stony Stratford—Cosgrove road at 5 o’clock. Credit on the usual conditions.
Auction Offices; Newport Pagnell and Olney.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 April 1933

COSGROVE

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE. —At the monthly meeting five new members were elected. Miss Lees, of Whittlebury, gave lecture on Scotland and shewed many beautiful pictures. There were 16 entrants in a slipper competition judged by Miss Lees, who had difficult task. The prize was awarded to Mrs. Andrew and Mrs. Ruff and Mrs. H. Smith were very highly commended.


Wolverton Express 28th April, 1933

Cosgrove

Social evening

The Cosgrove Ex-Scholars Association held a party and dance in the Schools to conclude their successful series of winter socials.  There were about seventy present and a very pleasant time was spent.  Mr R. Davies was the MC for games and dancing, the music being supplied by the Black and Blue Rhythm Boys Dance Band, with Mrs Andrews at the pianoforte.  An Easter egg was given as a prize for a competition managed by Miss D. Giles and Mr. K Lord, and this was won by Mr. Billy Jones and company.  Excellent arrangements for the gathering were made by the Committee of the Association, assisted by Mrs. Thacker.


Wolverton Express 12th May, 1933

New Hospital Scheme at Cosgrove

In recent years the Cosgrove Hospital committee, through its inhabitants, have raised for the Northampton general hospital about £40 annually by the holding of concerts, dances, flower shows, fetes, fishing competitions, etc., all of which have entailed a considerable amount of hard work.  At their annual meeting on 4th May the Committee unanimously decided to put into operation the voluntary contributory scheme, which is already working with smoothness in about 25 Northants villages.  As a result of the scheme all the functions previously held will be discontinued, and the inhabitants will be asked to make a weekly voluntary contribution.  Already no fewer than one hundred and fifty persons have signified their willingness to subscribe in this way, and it is confidently expected by the Committee that no difficulty will be experienced in raising by this means, together with the usual donations, the £40 that has hitherto been raised.

The new scheme does not require much expense being incurred, if any at all, and thus the Committee will not have to raise £10 to £20 to meet their usual annual liabilities.

Last year’s committee of sixteen members was re-elected, and a number of them will act as collectors.  Mr S. Williams (chairman) and Mr. A Tack (Hon Secretary) were also re-elected.

It was reported at this meeting that as the result of the annual egg collection held the previous week for the fourth year, a total of 638 eggs were sent to the institution, and those responsible for this collection were Miss Joan Higgins, Mrs. G Noble, and Mrs. A Tack.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 May 1933

COSGROVE

Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of the Women's Institute this week and was supported by Mrs Whiting, vice-president; and Mrs. H. Jelley, hon. secretary. About 45 members and visitors were present. Mrs. Barker, of the County Federation, gave an address on “The working of Women’s Institute; and what an Institute can do.” Thanks were expressed by Mrs. Atkinson. A comedy sketch Funny Customers,” presented by 12 members of the Institute, caused great amusement. Mrs. Beasley and Mrs. G. Brown were the tea hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 May 1933

Cosgrove has adopted the weekly voluntary contribution scheme for the Northampton General Hospital, and it is hoped collect £40, which has hitherto been raised by a fete and other social functions.


Wolverton Express 19th May, 1933

Cosgrove

Women’s Outing

Members of the Cosgrove and Old Stratford Women’s Conservative Association, numbering twenty five, visited Bournville for their annual outing on Monday last.  The journey was made by motor saloon, leaving Cosgrove at 10.30 am, with a halt at Leamington for lunch.  At Bourneville an interesting and instructive visit was made to Messrs. Cadbury’s famous works and the picturesque village.  Upon the return journey a short stay was allowed for shopping purposes at Coventry, and Cosgrove was reached at about 930.  Mrs. R Whiting, hon. Secretary, made very able arrangements for the comfort and convenience of the party.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 May 1933

OUR MERRY COMRADES
CIRCLE

CONDUCTED BY
AUNTIE DICK

SILVER PAPER AND COMICS.

Marjorie Brown, Cosgrove, has sent some silver paper. She has offered to sell scent cards.


Wolverton Express 9th June 1933

Cosgrove

A whist drive was held by the Cosgrove Ex-Scholars’ Association on Thursday last in the Old Schools.  About forty persons took part with Mr. A Toombs as MC.  The winners were: Ladies, 1 Mrs. W Limbrey (Castlethorpe), 2 Mrs. Loughrey; Gentlemen, 1 Mr R. Davis, 2 Mr. H Whitehead. 

Mrs. Parker distributed prizes, which were given by members of the Ex-Scholars Committee, who made the arrangements,


Wolverton Express 16th June, 1933


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 July 1933

GOOD WATER SUPPLY COUNCIL DECIDE TO PURCHASE

…….A favourable report was presented of the terms of purchase of a well at Cosgrove, and it was agreed to proceed providing the analyst’s report was satisfactory and the Ministry gave their sanction. Members present were: Messrs. H. T F. Weston (chairman). J. Soper (vice-chairman), W. W. Dickens, C. L. Jackson, W. J. Frost, H. Fleming. W. N. Montgomery, R. L. C. Ridgway, and S. North.


Wolverton Express 21st July, 1933

Sunday concert

The Wolverton town silver band visited the village on Sunday and, under the conductorship of Mr. AF rocks, entertained a large crowd with an enjoyable programme of music.  The concert took place in the centre of the village.


Wolverton Express 21st July, 1933

Outing

Thirty members of the Cosgrove Ex-scholars Association went for their annual outing on Saturday last to Margate, making the journey by saloon coach, leaving Cosgrove in the early hours of the morning, the party arriving at the seaside at 10.30.  About eight hours were spent by the sea and the weather, which was ideal, made for an enjoyable day.  Cosgrove was reached at 2.00 am on Sunday.  The arrangements for the outing were capably made by Miss D. Giles (Hon Secretary) and Mrs. Thacker (President).


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 August 1933

WATER SCHEME FOR
COSGROVE
REPORT ON OLD BREWERY
WELL

Potterspury Rural Council had a very watery evening at their monthly meeting, for nearly all the items on the agenda were concerned with water.

The report of the analyst upon the Old Brewery Well at Cosgrove stated that the water was satisfactory for drinking purposes, and Mr. Dent Young, of Bath, the engineer in connection with the Yardley Gobion scheme, is to be instructed to prepare a scheme for the sanction of the Ministry of Health.
The Sanitary Inspector reported upon the Old Stratford water supply, and said that the water was of good quality when the tank was full, but it was discoloured when it got low.
Mr. W. W. Dickens declared that 10 times as much water was being used was necessary.
A proposition by Mr. Ridgway that in future the tenants of the 1919 Act houses should pay their rates separately from the rent was carried.
Mr. H. T. F. Weston was in the chair, and the other members present were Messrs. W. W. Dickens, H. Fleming, W. J. Frost, C. L Jackson, W. N. Montgomery, S. North, H. C. Kossister, J. A. Smith, and R. L. O. Ridgway; with Mr. W. Snelgrove (clerk). Mr. B. J. Fairfield (surveyor), and Mr. R. D. Carslake (rating officer).


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 August 1933

BY “BREADCUBE”

The Buckingham Arm, from Cosgrove, has provided anglers with some tine bream; one catch included five fish upwards of 3lbs.

Cosgrove (Buckingham arm) has been well patronised and some fine catches are reported. Bream of have been caught from the Broadwater, in the same locality.


Wolverton Express 25th August, 1933

A County Court Case

Lorry Repairs in Dispute

In the Bletchley County Court on Friday before his Honour Judge N M Drucquer, E H Littledale, trading at as the London Road Garage, Stony Stratford, claimed £13/14/0 for goods supplied and work done from Arthur Fred Jelley, a farmer, of Cosgrove.  Mr E. Marchant (Bletchley) appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. T L Gamage, Northampton, defended.

Mr. Marchant said the claim was for tyres supplied and some repairs done to a motor cattle truck, which was said to belonging to defendant, Jelley.  The amount of the claim had been agreed and it was only a question of whether the defendant was actually liable.  The defence would be that they were suing for a debt incurred by another man, but they submitted that this was defendant’s own debt and the order for the goods was authorized by him.

Sydney William Webster, a salesman, employed by the London Road Garage, said that at the beginning of May 1932, he called at defendant’s house to solicit an order for repairs and renewals to a motor cattle truck. Jelley said he would soon be “in the market” for tyres, and when he wanted them he would send his truck into the garage.  The name “Harry King, Hanslope” was painted on the truck doors, but witness knew the name was used by defendant, because King was well known in the markets and this would help to gain orders for cattle transport.  The truck was subsequently sent into the garage on a Saturday afternoon, whilst witness was absent.

Mr. Gammage: Do you know that the invoice for these tyres was addressed to Mr. King?

Witness; No I have nothing to do with that part of the business.

Do you know whether Mr. Jelley has had anything to do with the truck at all?  I do not know only I have always done my business with him in respect of this vehicle.

On 7th January last your firm wrote to Mr. Jelley that in the event of Mr. King not settling the account he would be held responsible.  Did Mr. Jelley tell you that the accounts had nothing to do with him at all?  Mr. Jelley said he was behind the business which was run by his son-in-law, Mr. R Ruff and Mr. King, but I was to look to him for anything that wanted doing.

Walter George King, a motor fitter, employed by plaintiffs, said that a motor truck was brought into the garage by a man named Ruff, who told him he wanted two new tubes and tyres and added that all arrangements had been made by Mr. Webster and Mr. Jelley.  Witness could not tell Ruff the price, although Ruff said Mr. Jelley would pay by cheque that night.  Ruff told him to write the name King on the order form and gave the Cosgrove address, which was where Jelley lived.

Wilfred Adams, plaintiff’s clerk, said that in October 1932, the truck again came into the yard for rather extensive repairs, and the bill for £13/14/0 was still owing.  He telephoned to Mr. Jelley telling him that until some understanding was reached in a matter of payment for the tyres nothing could be done about the repairs.  Mr. Jelley came over to the garage and agreed after some conversation to paying for the repairs before the truck left the garage and to pay the outstanding amount if it was left over for a short time.

Mr. Gammage: were not Mr. Arthur and Mr. King having a bad time and Mr. Jelley had promised to assist them?  I don’t know.

Arthur F Jelley, defendant, said a truck was purchased in Ruff’s and King’s names.  Actually the hire purchase agreement was made out in his name because King and Ruff had not the means to cover the deposit and he made up the deficiency.  He had no interest in the lorry after it was purchased, neither using it nor sharing the profits.  He never heard anything about being liable for the tyres until the breakdown, six months after the purchase, and he did not recall Mr. Webster’s visit.  In October he arranged to pay for the breakdown repairs and then learned of the bill for tyres.  He refused to pay it.  The breakdown repairs cost £21/17/0 and he paid this account because the others had a lot of work and could not lay their hands on the money at the time.  He had never promised to pay for repairs apart from the breakdown.

To his Honour: King cease to be a partner of Ruff’s in November or December.

George Ruff of Cosgrove said the lorry was purchased by King and himself, and although it was bought in the name of Jelley, the latter had no interest in it at all until September.  He and King had to find the hire purchase payments before they were made by Jelley.  King usually paid the repair bills as they traded in his name.

His Honour : have you never discussed this bill for £13/14/0?  I have never been asked to pay it as the London Road Garage thought they would get it from Mr. Jelley.  After summing up His Honour gave judgment for plaintiffs for the full amount claimed and costs.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 September 1933

COSGROVE,
Near STONY STRATFORD.

Messrs. GEO. WIGLEY and SONS

Are instructed by the Administratrix of the Estate of the late Mr, J. J.
Holdom,

TO SELL BY AUCTION,

On MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1933,

At the
BARLEY MOW P.H., COSGROVE,
at 7 o’clock, in four lots,

A SEMI-DETACHED COTTAGE and GARDEN, occupied by Mr. Hinton.

COTTAGE and GARDEN, tenanted by Mr. Harry Barby.

ENCLOSURE of Valuable GRASS LAND of nearly ACRES (part Orchard), with Buildings, and an ALLOTMENT FIELD, adjoining the Council's Housing Site,

For further particulars and conditions Sale, apply to the Solicitors: Messrs. PARROTT and SON, Stony Stratford and Wolverton; Messrs. WORLEY and CO., Stony Stratford; or to the Auctioneers. Winslow, Bletchley, and Stony Stratford.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 September 1933

CORRESPONDENCE To the Editor of the “Mercury and
Herald.”

AUTUMNAL GLORY.

Sir, —September’s charms, how they woo and hold us! A golden haze in the air and yellow sheaves her arms; the peace of fulfilment and achievement enfolding the countryside and bringing to us the glory and loveliness of mellowed ways—for autumn promises so much. The sunlight filtering through the apple boughs; the patches of yellow and gold in the hedges make a richness and riot of colour. Around the cottages the creepers twine in carmine beauty, the scarlet of the hips and the orange-red berries on the holly make a glorious pageantry; nearby the old farmstead a ploughman with patient plodding team already is turning over the brown earth. The robin sings his clear lay in the farmhouse garden, his sweet cheery prelude, suggesting the changing season.
Still at high noon the tranquil silence is broken by the monotone of the wood pigeon or the clapping of the wings of the turtle dove.
The long evening shadows lie deepening over the dim fields, whilst stretching away into the west the splendour of the after glow touches the sky with a tender beauty, and one can sense the soft footfall of autumntide.

(MRS.) E. SMITH.
Cosgrove,
Stony Stratford


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 September 1933

COSGROVE

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE. ln the absence of the president, Mrs. Whiting, the vice-president took the chair. An informative talk on dressmaking was given by Mrs. Birdsall. Mrs. Eglesfield and Mrs. Evans were the tea hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 September 1933

OTTER HOUNDS IN
EXCITING CHASE

THRILLS AT WOLVERTON
MEET

A dog otter, weighing 22 Ibs, was caught at the last meet of the season of Bucks Otter Hounds on Saturday.
The venue of the hunt was changed from Thornton to the Loco Hotel. Old Wolverton, and a large number of people from the town and district watched some excellent sport.

A move was first made towards Cosgrove Broadwater and hounds gave tongue on the scent as they passed under the iron trunk bridge of the Grand Union Canal. Working towards Stony Stratford for a quarter of a mile scent was lost, but on returning hounds picked up again and found near Wolverton L.M.S. Railway viaduct.
The otter was seen after an hour and a half’s hunt. After some manoeuvring the quarry was thrown on the bank by the huntsmen, but it succeeded in struggling back to the water before hounds could seize it. The otter led the field a lively dance and disappeared for over half an hour. Eventually it was found again and was once more seized and thrown on the bank. The excitement was now intense as the otter, for the second time, evaded its captors and returned to the water.
Its capture was now inevitable, as the water was low, and although powerful specimen of its kind, the otter was evidently becoming exhausted in its efforts to regain its liberty. When it was hurled on to the bank third time hounds succeeded in a kill.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 October 1933

COSGROVE

The Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting in the Old Schoolroom, Mrs. Atkinson presiding. In the absence of a demonstrator members exhibited home-made rugs. The main points noticed were the extreme durability of hand-made woollen rugs, and the small outlay necessary when the rugs are made of the cheap wools. Delightfully warm rugs were shown made from cast-off woollen garments and old silk stockings.

An advertisement competition was won by Mrs. Loughrey and Miss Marlow, who tied for first place. Mrs. Lovesey and Mrs. Herbert were the hostesses.


Wolverton Express 27th October, 1933

Mr. GBP, Cosgrove, asked the council to supply the Little Manor with water and it was decided that water could only be laid on to that residents at applicant’s expense.

Application was received under the Housing Act 1924, from tenants of council houses at Cosgrove, Paulerspury, and Potterspury, for the payment of their rates with rent and it was decided that those who wished it might be allowed to do so.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 November 1933

COSGROVE

The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute was held in the Old Schoolroom. Mrs. Atkinson presided, supported by Mrs. Whiting (vice-president), and Mrs. Malcolm Jelley (hon. secretary). Mrs. Whiting gave an interesting demonstration of sweet-making, and Mrs. Atkinson proposed thanks. The committee organised a jumble sale which realised £4.


Wolverton Express 17th November, 1933

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

The monthly meeting was held in the Old Schoolroom on Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs. Atkinson presided, supported by Mrs. Whiting (vice president) and Mrs Malcolm Jelley (Hon Secretary).  After the business discussion Mrs. Whiting very ably demonstrated sweet making.  Homemade sweets proved to be very simple to make and most inexpensive.  Mrs. Atkinson proposed thanks to Mrs. Whiting.  For the social part of the programme the committee organized a jumble sale, which realized the splendid sum of £4.


Wolverton Express 15th December, 1933

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

Mrs. Atkinson took the chair at the annual meeting of the Women’s Institute.  The ballot for next year’s Committee took place, with the following results: Mrs Atkinson (President), Mrs. Whiting (Vice president and Treasurer), Mrs M E Jelley (Secretary), Mrs. Andrew, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. W. Clarke, Mrs. Gascoigne, Miss J. Higgins, Mrs. A F Jelley, Mrs Lord, and Miss Marlow.  Mrs. Spencer, of Whittlebury, acted as teller.  The reports of the year’s work presented by the Secretary and Treasurer were very satisfactory.  Miss Wakefield, of Stony Stratford, gave a very interesting lecture on “Home nursing”, with practical demonstrations on the making of a bed for a sick patient, fomentations, and poultices.  Mrs. Atkinson thanked Miss Wakefield and Mrs. Spencer.  Miss E. Nicholls won a competition for the ten most useful things for a medicine chest, judged by Miss Wakefield.  Refreshments were served by Miss J. Higgins and Miss E. Nicholls.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 December 1933

CORRESPONDENCE

To the Editor of the “Mercury and
Herald,”

“RING OUT THE OLD”

Sir, —The shades of the old year are falling fast; we stand on the threshold of another year with mingled feelings.
We ring out the old and “ring in the new” with the hope that 1934 may bring brighter days, less poverty, and more employment.
We look to what the future may hold for us; with courage and a high heart we welcome a new beginning.
Looking back, see how oft-times we have failed, but out of our very failure we will rise to better things. Disappointments may have been our lot, but they have been tempered with compensations and blessings.
We listen to the old year being rung out “the year is dying in the night, ring out wild bells and let him die.”
Yes, but as a New Year is born we greet it with renewed hope; with eager outstretched hands we give it welcome; may it hold brighter and better things!

(Mrs.) EDITH SMITH.
 Rectory Farm,
Cosgrove,
Stony Stratford.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 January 1934

COSGROVE

In the absence of the President, Mrs. Whiting took the chair at the January meeting of the Women’s Institute. After business had been transacted, Mrs. Threadgold, of Great Brington, demonstrated the making of soft toys, for which she was thanked by Mrs. Whiting. Tea was served by Mrs. H. Castle and Mrs. R. Brown.


Wolverton Express 12th January, 1934

Cosgrove Mission Hall

To be a Branch Church with Stony Stratford

It may be of interest to recall that the Mission was taken over from the Wesleyans in 1887.  Services at that date were held in a cottage belonging to Mr. Grimes, who had so constructed one of them that the upper part formed a large upper room capable of holding fifty people, with a separate exit, and this was used for religious services.  When Mr. Grimes left, the work was taken over by the “United Brethren Lay Preachers’ Association, of which Mr. Woollard was at that time the Secretary, and he linked them up with the Baptist church in Stony Stratford.  The services from this date were carried on regularly by the lay preachers, Mr. Woollard acting as superintendent.

One of Mr. Woollard’s first efforts in 1887 was to reorganise the Lay Preachers’ Association - the membership was then less than twenty, but a glance at the plan of the 1887 recalls some faithful workers - Maine, G Barley, C Barley, B. Harris, Cosford, Cowley, Irons, Neal, Mackerness, Daniels, Goodger, Swannell, Wooton, Faulkner and others - these have all passed on but they had left behind a fragrant memory of unselfish earnest devotion and fidelity to the church of Jesus Christ.  The membership today is about fifty, serving a radius of ten miles.

In 1903, with the help of Stony Stratford friends, the present Mission Hall was erected at a cost of £400.  started, and has been superintended by Mr. F Downing for thirty seven years.  The electric light has been recently installed and the place redecorated.

Last week at meeting was held in the Mission Hall by those who usually attend the services, and it was unanimously resolved to form a branch church with Stony Stratford - the Mission Hall still retaining its character of open membership.  The Rev. L Curwood, Mr. Harris, and Mr. Woollard were present and received the request.  Mr. H Harris was appointed lay pastor.  He will commence his duty of superintendent in March and will conduct the services on two Sundays each month.  Mr Downing will continue his work in connection with the Sunday school.  Although there less actively, Mr. Woollard still hopes to retain some association with the work.  It has been his privilege to conduct the New Year’s service from the commencement and last Sunday was his 46th visit without a break.  His subject suitable in the session was “I believe” 1) to God 2) in the church 3) in Cosgrove and its possibilities.  There was a good attendance Miss K Benson was at the organ and Mr. N Tooley read the lessons.


Wolverton Express 12th January, 1934

A Social Gathering

On Saturday the boys and girls connected with the Cosgrove Mission Hall Sunday School enjoyed a pleasant social gathering together with their parents.  A Christmas tree kindly provided by Mr. G H. Winterbottom was loaded with presents and gaily decorated by Mr. and Mrs. G. Williams, Mr. Samuel Williams, and Mrs. Ray.  Tea was provided for the children, and afterwards for the adults.  Mr. Faulkner of Wolverton kindly arranged an entertainment in which old and young shared and enjoyed.  About seventy were present.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 January 1934

COSGROVE MISSION HALL

Mr. C. P. Woollard, a Stony Stratford magistrate, holds the unique record if having conducted the New Year service at Cosgrove Mission Hall for 46 years without a break. The Hall was taken over by the Baptists from the Wesleyans in 1887. In 1903, with the help of Stony Stratford friends, the present Mission Hall was erected at a cost of £400. A Sunday School was also started, and has been superintended by Mr. F. Downing for 37 years. Recently the place has been redecorated and electric light installed.
It has been decided to form a branch church to Stony Stratford, the Mission Hall still to retain its character of open membership. Mr. H. Harris, of Stony Stratford, has been appointed lay pastor, and he will commence his duty as superintendent in March.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 January 1934

Samuel Jordan Pinney (65), was knocked down by a lorry and fatally injured while cycling from Old Stratford to Cosgrove.

JURYMAN GIVES EVIDENCE

LORRY’S COLLISION WITH
CYCLIST

The inquest on Pinney was conducted the Divisional Coroner (Mr. W. L. Whitton), sitting with a jury, at Old Stratford yesterday, Pinney was a retired grocer and sub-postmaster at Old Stratford.
Mrs. Jane Pinney, the widow, said her husband left home on his bicycle to go to Cosgrove.  His eyesight was good, but he was little deaf. As he went out he withed her " Many happy returns " on her birthday.


DRIVER'S EVIDENCE

Fred T. Washbrook, haulage contractor, Old Stratford, who was warned by the Coroner (Mr.  E. Whitton) elected to give evidence. He said he had had eight years experience of driving. It was very foggy at the time of the accident, and the visibility was only about four yard.
 The windscreen wiper of the lorry was not working, but the glass was clean. He had two side lights. He sounded his horn before approaching the Dog’s Month Bridge at about five m.p.h. When three yards from the bridge be saw a man on a bicycle shooting across in front of him, as if going in the direction of Cosgrove. He could only make out a dark shape going across this radiator. He felt an impact on the near side of the cabin.

TRIED TO SWERVE

The Coroners: When you saw him cross the radiator why did not you pull up?—I tried to swerve and miss him, but it all happened In about three seconds.
The Coroner: Were you cutting the corner? No, I was about a foot from the kerb no the near side. Did you carry him along with you?—No. I don't think so.
Dr. Douglas Bull, Stony Stratford, said Pinney was dead when brought to the surgery. Death, which must have practically instantaneous, was due to a fracture at the base of the skull and shock. Charles Henry King, 127, Birchfield-road, Northampton, commercial traveller, said he was motoring from Northampton to Stony Stratford when he was requested to stop by the lorry driver, who was supporting Pinney in his arms. The bicycle was lying in the rood.
A juryman, Michael Haltom, Old Stratford, left his seat to give evidence. He Washbrook asked him to come to the scene of the accident and assist him. Pinney was lying on the road in a dying condition, and there were two pools of blood. It was very foggy, and he could see only five or six yards.
The Coroner said it was an unfortunate ease, caused by the fog. He thought the lorry driver took an reasonable precautions.
 A verdict of " Accidental Death " was returned.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 02 February 1934

AUNTIE DICK -
GREETINGS FROM THE POSTBAG

Marjorie Brown, Cosgrove, has sent a fine lot of silver paper, also some comics and 1s. for scent cards. Marjorie feeds the birds. She has a pet dog called Tish which catches rats.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 February 1934

A report was read from the engineer (Mr. Dent Young) criticising the water of the Old Brewery Well at Cosgrove, and advising the Council to break off negotiations for the time being. The Clerk said that it was unlikely that the Ministry would pass it. Mr. Ridgway: The whole trouble is the old drains. It was decided to break off negotiations, and the surveyor was instructed to interview the engineer and show him the spring in Cosgrove, the Chairman observing there is plenty of water there.

The members present were: Messrs. H. T. F. Weston (chairman), J. Soper (vice-chairman), 11. Fleming. W. W. Dickens, H. C. Rossiter, C. L. Jackson. J. A. Smith, W. J. Frost, S. North, J. R. Marchant, W. N. Montgomery, and R. LC Ridgway.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 February 1934

WI COSGROVE

There was a very good attendance at the February meeting held in the old schoolroom. Mrs. Atkinson (president) took the chair, supported by Mrs. Whiting (vice-president) and Mrs. M. E. Jelley (hon. secretary). Four new members were welcomed. After the business meeting Mrs. R. M. Raynsford, of Milton, gave an interesting lecture on “Mime,” and her examples of the ancient art caused much amusement. Refreshments were served Mrs. W. Clarke and Mrs. Gascoyne.


Wolverton Express 16th February, 1934

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

There was a good attendance of members at the February meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute, held in the Old Schoolroom on Tuesday.  Mrs. Atkinson (President) took the chair, supported by Mrs. Whiting (Vice president) and Mrs. M E Jelley (Hon Secretary).  Four new members were welcomed.  After the business meeting Mrs Raynsford, of Milton, gave an interesting lecture on “Mime”, and her examples of the ancient art caused much amusement.  Refreshments were served by Mrs. W. Clarke and Mrs. Gascoyne.


Wolverton Express 9th March, 1934

Cosgrove Parish Council

At the annual Parish Meeting at Cosgrove on Monday the following were elected to serve on the Parish Council for the next three years: Messrs. F J Clarke, A J Childs, A E Chapman, J. Higgins, A A Kightley, G W Noble, A W Slaymaker, C R Whiting, and S. Williams.


Wolverton Express 9th March, 1934

Hospital Week Fund

The annual general meeting of the Cosgrove Hospital Week Fund was held in the Mission Hall on Wednesday, with Mr S. Williams as chairman.  It was reported that the contributory scheme of a minimum of one penny per week had been much more satisfactory in raising money for the hospital and from its inauguration in April to 31st December, 1933 a greater net receipt was shown than for the previous year.  With donations the amount raised was £45.  The result is a tribute to the work of the ladies of the Committee, who collect the contributions weekly.

And a letter received from Mr. Charles H Battle, Secretary of the Northamptonshire Hospital Week Fund, expressed appreciation to the Committee and all who had given support during the year for the Northampton General Hospital.  The officers and Committee were elected for the ensuing year.


Wolverton Express 16th March, 1934

Cosgrove Mission Hall

Made Branch Church of Stony Stratford Baptist Church

On 5th March a meeting was held in the Cosgrove Mission Hall which marks the opening of a new chapter in the history of the place.  The request having been received from a number of those who attend the Hall that they might become members of the Baptist Church, inquiries were made and visits exchanged which resulted in the Rev. L Curwood and his deacons and about forty members of the church visiting the Mission Hall to receive the public confession of faith of those wishing to join and receive them into fellowship.

Mr. CP Woollard drew attention to the fact that it was just 47 years since it was decided to open the Mission.  The first service was conducted by Mr. George Barley and the work has since been carried on chiefly by the Lay Preachers’ Association.  For sixteen years services were held in a small room seating about seventy people, until 1903, when the present Hall was built, the money being raised almost entirely by the Baptist Church.  The trustees, with one exception, are all members of this church.

A Sunday school has been conducted since the commencement first by Mrs Richardson (now in America) and then by Mr. J W Smith and Mr. F Downing who has a record of thirty seven years’ service.

Mr. Woollard asked “What is a Christian church?”  It is not made of bricks and mortar - nor is it a social club composed of men and women - nor is it a community of good people, but it is a community of men and women whose object and ideal is goodness.  We admit evil within and around us - we do not come here in any spirit of superiority, or any air of boastfulness.  Our only hope and confidence is in Him through home we become more than conquerors.  It is in this spirit we are here, to offer the right hand of fellowship to our new members and wish them God speed in the new course which opens before them tonight. 

Among those to whom with the Rev. Curwood gave the right hand of fellowship was an old lady of eighty, who has attended the Mission Hall since its opening, 47 years ago.

The Rev. Curwood asked: What is necessary to the building of the church?  It is not merely a human fellowship in which everybody ought to be very friendly.  You must have a Divine Saviour and a believing soul - without this you have no church, whatever else you may possess.  The Church is the Body of Chris -t the body does the work of the Spirit within.  Those who join us tonight confess that they believe in their Divine Saviour, whom they believe can and will redeem them.

Mr. Curwood then introduced Mr. H Harris as the Lay Preacher of the church, charging him to be a faithful steward of God and to take up the work as a divine commission.  He concluded, “Sir, I charge you to keep it holy. Keep it as a sacred thing.”

In closing the service Mr. Harris briefly responded to the charge he had received and promised that to the best of his ability he would be a faithful steward.  His only desire was, without adopting any sensational methods to witness for his master, and build up an abiding church.

During the service the consecration hymns were sung, “Oh Jesus I have promised” and “Take my life and let it be”.  Mrs Calladine presiding at the organ.  Mr. Downing read the lesson.

The whole service was marked by a deeply reverent spirit - there was no “sound as of a mighty rushing wind”, but during the whole service and especially during the prayers of consecration everyone felt conscious of a Very Real Presence in our midst.

C.  P.  W.


Wolverton Express 16th March, 1934

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

The monthly meeting was held in the Old Schoolroom on Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Whiting presiding over the business meeting.  There was a fairly good attendance.  Mrs M Jelley was appointed delegate to the National Federation meeting to be held in London in May.  Miss Marlow gave an instructive demonstration on the making of sponge cakes.  Misses Hillyer and Marlow were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 March 1934

COSGROVE

At the monthly meeting held in the Old Schoolroom, on Tuesday, Miss Marlow gave an instructive demonstration on sponge cakes. Mrs. Whiting presided. Mrs. M. Jelley was appointed delegate to the National Federation meeting in London.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 March 1934

The water engineer (Mr. A. J. Dent Young) reported on three schemes for the supply of water to Cosgrove and recommended making use of an existing well on glebe land at estimated cost of £2,100. It would be necessary, however, to make tests for quantity and quality. After some discussion, Cosgrove Water Committee were asked to meet the engineer.


Wolverton Express 6th April, 1934

Miss N M Hillyer - Mr. A H Child

The St Peter’s Church, Cosgrove, was the scene of a pretty wedding on Saturday, and many friends were present with their best wishes to Miss. Nancy May Hillyer and Mr. Arthur Harry Child, who were the happy couple.

Miss Hillier, who has been employed for seven years in the Costing Dept of Messrs. McCorquodale and Co’s Works at Wolverton, is the only daughter of Mr. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hillyer of Cosgrove whilst Mr. Child, who is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Child, of “Briar Dene” Newport Road, New Bradwell, is employed by the Aylesbury Electricity Company.

The Rev. H C N Hewson, rector, officiated.

As the bride entered the church on the arm of her father, the organist, Mr. A G Blackmore, played the Bridal March from “Lohengrin” and later for the hymn, “Lead us Heavenly Father lead us”.

The bride wore a dress of heavy ivory satin with chiffon and velvet petals over a knife pleated hem, white satin shoes and stockings to tone, and white kid gloves.  Her embroidered veil, lent by the bridegroom’s mother, was held in position by a halo headdress of orange blossom buds.

She was attended by Miss Marjorie Child (sister of the bridegroom), Miss Edna Chittenden (friend), Miss Betty Hillyer (niece of the bride), and Master Graham Child (brother of the bridegroom), who acted as page.  The two elder maids were dressed in pale yellow organdie sprigged with green and yellow picture hats, long green gloves and green shoes, and carried bouquets of yellow marguerites.  Miss Betty Hillyer was attired in a champagne net dress with green net frills, green satin sash, wreath of yellow flowers and green shoes and carried a posy of similar flowers to those of the elder bridesmaids.  The page wore a green satin suit with champagne net frills.

The bride’s mother wore a dress of brown georgette and lace and the bridegroom’s mother brown lace silk.

Mr. Jack Childs, brother of the bridegroom, discharged the duties of best man.

As the newly-married couple left the church the organist played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March and the church bells were rung in a merry peal.

A reception at the New Schools was attended by about seventy guests and later the happy couple left for their honeymoon at Eastbourne, the bride travelling in an maidenhead green swagger suit in Buckfastleigh and hat to match, cream embroidered suede blouse, beige python shoes, and white gloves.  Upon their return they will take up residence at 2 Clinton Crescent, Aylesbury, Bucks.

Among the presents received was a case of cutlery by the bride from the staff of Messrs. McCorquodale’s Works and an electric time piece received by the bridegroom from his fellow employees.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 April 1934

MANOR FARM. COSGROVE.

MR. P. C. GAMBELL Is instructed by the Exors. the late
Mrs. Agar,

TO SELL BY AUCTION,

On MONDAY NEXT, APRIL 9th, 1934, at 5 o’clock exact time.

207 ACRES OF KEEPING and MOWING GRASS up to November 1, 1934.

CATALOGUE.

Lot

a.

r.

p.

1.

Brown Moor                             

12

3

38

2.

Dipping Tub Field                     

11

1

18

(With use of yard, buildings and dipping tub).

3.

Rookery 

10

2

9

4.

Shepherd’s Close...  14.3.23

Towing Path Field      9.1.28

24

1

11

5. The Meadows (may be mown)
33
2
31

6.

The Meadows (may be mown)

41

2

24

7.

Barn Grounds

14

2

29

8.

Hovel Close ………. 7.3.38

Hales and Wales..... 17.0.12

25

0

10

9.

Lock House Field

10

0

10

10.

Home Close …..                4.1. 23

Farm Paddock (with yard) 1.1.13

5

2

36

11.

Second Lawn

16

2

7

The Keeping is for grazing only, excepting Lots 5 and 6, which may be mown if desired. No bulls or entire horses to be grazed.
A man will be provided to attend to the stock and fences.
The company will please meet the Auctioneer at the gateway on the Stony Stratford—Cosgrove road at 5 o’clock. Credit on the usual conditions.
Auction Offices; Newport Pagnell and Olney.

Results

Northampton Mercury Friday 13 April 1934

Mr. P. C. Gambell, auctioneer, Newport Pagnell and Olney, conducted a successful sale of grass keeping and mowing at the Manor Farm, Cosgrove, by instructions from the exors. of the late Mrs. Agar. There was a numerous company, and over 200 acres were disposed of at prices which showed an improvement compared with last year. The various lot were: Lot 1, Brown Moor, 12a. 3r. 3p., 36s. per acre; 2, Dipping Tub Field, 11-1-18, 35s.; 3, Rookery, 10-2-9, 43s., 4, Shepherd’s Close and Towing Path Field. 24-1-11, 28s; 5, The Meadows, 33-2-31, 30s.; 6, The Meadows, 41-2-24, 26s.; 7, Barn Grounds, 14-2-29, 35s.; 8, Hovel Close Hales and Wales, 25-0-10, 27s.; 9, Lock House Field, 10-0-19, 14s.; 10, Second Lawn, 16-2-7, 42s.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 April 1934

The Water Engineer (Mr. A. Dent Young) reported upon the cost of sinking a well for the Cosgrove water scheme, and he recommended a test of the glebe land well. Before proceeding with the sinking the former, he had written to a geologist, but had not yet received a reply. Mr. Ridgway opposed the spending any money on the sinking of wells. It had cost them £600 at Paulerspury. It was decided to await the report of the geologist.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 April 1934

COSGROVE

SOCIAL. The Women’s Institute arranged a very successful social evening held in the school. About 100 members and friends attended. A sketch, “Seeing the world,” was presented by Mrs. Davies, the Misses J. Higgins, Ray, Tack, and I. Williams. Songs followed, and a competition was won by Mrs. Eglesfield. Refreshments were served by the committee. Mr. Smith, of Deanshanger, supplied the music.


Wolverton Express 13th April, 1934

Cosgrove Water Scheme

The water engineer Mr. A D Young reported upon the cost of sinking a well for the Cosgrove Water Scheme and he recommended a test of the glebe land well.  Before proceeding with the sinking of the former, he had written to a geologist, but had not yet received a reply.

Mr. Ridgeway opposed the spending of any money on the sinking of wells.  It had cost them £600 at Paulerspury.  It was decided to await the report of the geologist.

The Ministry of Health reported that they did not see their way to dispense with the holding of an inquiry into the Ashton and Hartwell Water Scheme.  The Surveyor reported that since the recent rains the spring in the village at Ashton had begun to run again.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 April 1934

In regard to housing, it was resolved to enter into negotiation for the acquisition of land to build four houses adjoining those already built by the Council at Cosgrove.

The Water Engineer (Mr. A. Dent Young), reporting on the well on glebe land at Cosgrove, said there was every likelihood of water being found at 90 ft., but whether in sufficient quantity to supply the village was another matter. Mr. Young also reported on the prospect of finding water on another site, located through a diviner. It was decided to await the result of boring operations by a farmer in the village.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 May 1934

COSGROVE A total of 682 eggs has been collected in the village for Northampton Hospital, Mr. J. Higgins was in charge of the collection.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 May 1934

COSGROVE

THE AGENDA for the meeting of the National Federation was discussed at the monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute and instructions as to voting were given to the delegate. Mrs. Whiting presided and Miss Thompson, of the Northamptonshire County Council Farm Institute, Moulton, gave a demonstration on poultry trussing. Mrs. Atkinson moved thanks. Tea was served by Mrs. Hillyer and Miss Tack.


Wolverton Express 8th June, 1934

Water shortage in South Northants

“The water supply at Potterspury is getting worse,” reported Mr. J B Fairchild (surveyor) to the monthly meeting of the Potterspury Rural District Council on Thursday evening last.  He added “We shall have to consider cutting it off for eighteen hours out of the twenty four”.

The subject of village water supplies occupied the attention of the Council almost throughout the meeting.

In an discussion on the new Deanshanger Water Scheme on the Puxley Road, about two hundred yards from the top end of the village, Mr. Ridgeway said there was a well near the Deanshanger Council homes that they could not empty and it was believed to come from the Puxley Road field.

The Deanshanger representatives were in favour of a borehole being sunk at the matter was left in the hands of that village’s water committee.

Mr. Fairchild reported that the eight council houses at Paulerspury could not be let because they could not get any safe water.

Plans were approved for the creation of eight houses by Messrs. Chance Bros for Mrs J. Adams on the Deanshanger Road, Old Stratford.

Owing to the Council receiving notice to quit the refuse tip on the Cosgrove road a field on the opposite side of the road belonging to Mr. J D Adams was accepted for the same purpose.

It was reported that Mr. Franklin had found sufficient water for his private use at Cosgrove and was willing to carry on if the council wished to obtain a supply from the well.  It was decided not to proceed further in the matter at the present time.


Wolverton Express 8th June, 1934

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

Mrs. Atkinson presided over a very good attendance at the monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute.  Mrs. Jelley gave her report on the annual meeting held in the Albert Hall.  A demonstration on the making of a hassock with empty tins as a foundation, was given by a member.  Many and varied were the entries in the competition “The best supper for 6d”, kindly judged by Mrs Heap, and won by Mrs. Loughrey.  Mrs. A F Jelley and Mrs Lord served refreshments.  Games followed.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 June 1934

COSGROVE

MRS. ATKINSON presided over a good attendance at the monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute. Mrs. Jelley reported on the annual meeting at the Albert Hall and demonstration on the making of a hassock, with empty tins as a foundation, was given by a member. Entries were many and varied in the competition, “The best supper for 6d.,” judged by Mrs. Heap and was won by Mrs. Loughrey. Mrs. A. F. Jelley and Mrs. Lord served refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 August 1934

PICTURESQUE WEDDING AT COSGROVE 

The bridal party photographed after the wedding at Cosgrove on Tuesday of Miss Mary Emily Heap, daughter of the late Alderman W. Heap, of Northampton, and Mrs. Heap, of Bedford, and Mr. John Richard Pocock, master at Bedford School.

A magnificent princess gown of satin in a delicate shade of peche was worn by Miss Mary Emily Heap, daughter of the late Alderman William Heap and of Mrs. Heap, of Bedford, and formerly of Northampton, who was married on Tuesday to Mr. John Richard Pocock, only son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Pocock, of March, Cambridgeshire. Mr. Pocock is a master at Bedford School. The yoke and puff sleeves of the gown were made entirely of French hand-veined rouleaux of satin. There was a long train cut in one with the skirt, and a fine tulle veil of tinted peche, held in position with a dainty coronet of miniature orange blossom in the same shade. The bride wore pearls (gift from Mrs. Winston Smith) and carried lilies of the valley and rosebuds.

The ceremony was conducted at Cosgrove Parish Church by the Rev. H. I. McNeice, Vicar of Melbourne, Cambridgeshire (friend of the bridegroom), assisted by the Rev. Harrison (Vicar of Cosgrove). The chief attendant. Miss Betty Heap (niece of the bride), wore a peche georgette gown flared from the knees, with a shoulder cape, a brown hat trimmed with peche, and brown gloves. She wore a diamante bracelet, gift from the bridegroom. Her bouquet was composed of roses.

CHILD BRIDESMAIDS

There were three child bridesmaids. Miss Margaret Whiting, Miss Isobel Beattie and Miss Helen Brown (Bedford). They were in peche silk net over taffeta dresses with tight bodices, Victorian shoulders and long full skirts finished with deep frills at the hem. They wore sashes of brown and peche twisted satin ribbon and Victorian headdresses tied with bow and ends satin ribbon. They carried rosebuds. From the bridegroom they received silver shingle combs.

Mr. J. F. Scott, of Bedford (friend of the bridegroom) was best man, and Mr. George Heap gave away the bride, who is his half-sister. During the signing of the register a duet was sung by Madame May Sturgess and Mr. Sam Worley.

Following a reception to about 120 guests at the Little Manor, Cosgrove, Mr. and Mrs. Pocock left for their honeymoon, which is being spent on the Continent, the bride wearing a suit of moss green wool tweed with hat to match and a stone marten fur.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 August 1934

A HOUSE Parlourmaid Required, good waitress and plate cleaner - housemaid kept; family 2; maids 3.

Miss Balfour, Old Dower House, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 August 1934

The Water Engineer (Mr. A. J. Dent Young) reported that the Glebe land well at Cosgrove had been pumped dry, and the quantity, 3,500 gallons, was insufficient in a dry season to supply the village. He had carried out further investigations at the Dog’s Mouth on Northampton Road. He believed there was a combination of two springs sufficient for the village. The approximate cost of this scheme would be £2230.

The surveyor said the Dog’s Mouth spring had two sources, one of which was near a refuse tip. The Chairman was of opinion they should try another source, and tap the main spring that went down to the Dog’s Mouth, The matter was referred to the committee.

Mr. Ridgway: There's one good thing. Cosgrove's not short of water.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 September 1934

COSGROVE

At the monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute, Mrs. Whiting presiding, Mrs. Mackerness, of Old Stratford, gave a demonstration of fruit bottling, and was thanked on the proposition of the chairman. It was decided to organise jumble sale for the Institute funds. Mrs. J. Clarke and Mrs. Parkinson were responsible for the refreshments.


Wolverton Express 14th September, 1934

Cosgrove Women’s Institute

In the absence of the president, Mrs. Whiting took the chair at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Fruit bottling was ably demonstrated by Mrs. Mackerness, of Old Stratford, who was thanked on the proposition of Mrs. Whiting.  It was decided to hold a jumble sale during the month to augment the Institute’s funds.  Mrs. J. Clarke and Mrs. Parkinson were responsible for the refreshments.


Wolverton Express 21st September, 1934


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 September 1934

Marjorie Brown, New Buildings, Cosgrove, is working hard for the Cot Fund. She has collected a nice lot of silver paper, and is now selling scent cards.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 October 1934

COSGROVE

Mrs. Whiting presided at the monthly meeting the Cosgrove Women’s Institute. A practical cookery demonstration was given by Miss Lawry. A jumble sale held the previous week realised £3 5s. A piano has been purchased for use at meetings. Tea was served by Mrs. Whiting and helpers.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 October 1934

With regard to the Dog’s Mouth spring at Cosgrove, it was reported the owner wanted £150 for half an acre of land.

The Chairman (Mr. H. T. F. Weston): That’s a ridiculous price.

The Inspector (Mr. J. B. Fairchild) said half an acre would not be enough.

Mr. W. W. Dickens: How is the water at Old Stratford?

The Inspector: It is very low. We are just keeping the people going and that is all.

Mr. Dickens remarked that there was enough water in the gravel pits at Old Stratford to supply Northampton. There were thousands of tons running through his pit.

The committee were instructed to look round with the engineer and report.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 November 1934

COSGROVE

Mrs. Atkinson took the chair at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute The certificates awarded at the handicraft exhibition were presented. Washing clothes by means of a machine was convincingly demonstrated by Mr. Williams, who was thanked on the motion of Mrs. Atkinson. Refreshments were served by the hostesses, Mrs. Beasley and Mrs. G. Brown.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 November 1934

WATER IN ABUNDANCE

DEANSHANGER residents will be gratified to learn that as a result of the recent boring operations, water has been discovered in such quantities that the engineer to the Potterspury Rural Council (Mr. A. J. Dent Young) is of opinion there will sufficient to supply not only Deanshanger, but Old Stratford and Cosgrove as well.

To that purpose he advises that boring should further to deepen the well, and points out the economy of one scheme instead of three. In addition, he considers that the natural consequence would be the opening up of land for building.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 December 1934

COSGROVE

Mrs. Atkinson presided over a good attendance at the annual meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. Jelley, the hon. secretary, and Mrs. Whiting, the treasurer, presented their reports, which were adopted. Mrs. Atkinson reviewed the year’s work and thanked all who had helped and Miss Atkinson, of Paulerspury, was teller in the ballot for the committee and officers for 1935. The following were elected: President, Mrs. Atkinson; vicepresident and hon. treasurer, Mrs. Whiting; hon. secretary, Mrs. M. Jelley; committee. Mrs. Andrew, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. W, Clarke, Mrs. Heap, Mrs. Hillyer, Miss Higgins, Miss. Lord, Miss Marlow and Miss Nicholls. It was decided to enter the county potato competition. Miss Higgins and Miss Nicholls were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 December 1934

WATER FOR THREE VILLAGES

TESTS OF DEANSHANGER SCHEME

ENOUGH TO SUPPLY STONY STRATFORD

“If you carry out a water scheme to supply Deanshanger, Old Stratford and Cosgrove, you would be in a position to sell water in bulk to Stony Stratford if they wanted it.’’
Mr. A. J. Dent Young, water engineer to the Potterspury Rural Council, expressed this opinion at the monthly meeting concerning a well which had been deepened at Deanshanger for the purposes of augmented water supply. He said the well had been deepened to 41ft. They had pumped for about three days with the larger plant and the yield had been 200,000 gallons per day, and then they could not drain to go any deeper. Water was still coming in from the bottom.

This test, at the end of two dry summers, showed they had sufficient. The cost of the pumping plant for Deanshanger only would be £150, but if they put in plant to supply the other two villages and Potterspury the extra cost would be only £100.

The chairman (Mr. H. T. F. Weston) remarked that there was plenty of water at Potterspury at present. Mr. Young said it was true they had just had three inches of rain, but if they did not get much more they would still be great deal behind the average rainfall and the position next year would be worse than this. Mr. R. L. O. Ridgway believed they were jumping too far to supply other villages as well as Deanshanger.

Mr. Young pointed out that 24,000 gallons day would cover the four villages he mentioned. The matter was left over until a bacteriological report had been made on a sample of the water. In regard to the site of one and a half acres, it was decided to make an offer of £275 to purchase the land required.


Wolverton Express 11th January, 1935

Wolverton Congregationals still winning

At Cosgrove on Saturday the Congregationals were the first to attack, but met a strong defence which forced play to the other end, where, after ten minutes play Tompkins scored with a well-placed shot which gave Willett no chance.  After this the Congs tried hard to equalize, but did not succeed until after thirty minutes, when Franklin registered from close in.  The Cosgrove forwards were very dangerous and Herbert went close with two hot shots, whilst Kightley saved well at the other end from Franklin.  No further score took place before the interval.  Upon resuming the Congs attacked hard, but took the lead in unlucky fashion when a shot from Gee which was going wide struck their defender’s hand, Allen scoring from the resultant kick.  Cosgrove fought back well but met a stubborn defence in which Glave was outstanding.  The Congs, further increased their lead when Allen broke through the Cosgrove defence to score with a fine angled shot.  After this Cosgrove rallied and Herbert reduced the lead from close in. Both sets of forwards missed good chances before the final whistle, and Cosgrove were unlucky not to force a draw.

Result: Cosgrove St Peter’s 2, Wolverton Congregationals 3


Wolverton Express 11th January, 1935

Led by that veteran player of North Bucks football, Albert Tompkins, Cosgrove gave Wolverton Congregationals one of the best games they have experienced this season.  On one particular occasion he beat six players and was robbed of his goal by are very close shave.  It was really a feature of the match to watch the way he captained Cosgrove and as the verdict was only three goals to two in the Congregational’ favour it speaks well for the battle that was staged between these two popular sides. It was by far one of the best games in the district last Saturday.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 January 1935

COSGROVE

At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, Mrs. Atkinson in the chair, Mr. Pemberton, of Whittlebury, gave an address on local history. Special mention was made of Towcester, Passenham and Grafton Regis. A competition on the number of articles which could be got in a matchbox was won by Mrs. J. Clarke with 126. The Misses Marlow and Hillyer were hostesses. About 60 children of Cosgrove spent an enjoyable time at a party given by the members of the Women’s Institute. After tea, served by the committee, Miss Joan Higgins, as Santa Claus, presented to each child a present from the Christmas tree.


Wolverton Express 11th January, 1935

An address on local history

There was a good attendance at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Womens’ Institute.  Mrs. Atkinson was in the chair.  Mr. Pemberton, of Whittlebury, gave a very interesting address on local history.  Special mention was made of Towcester, Passenham, and Grafton Regis.  A competition on the number of articles which could be got in a matchbox was won by Mrs J. Clarke, with 126.  Misses Marlowe and Hillyer were hostesses.


Wolverton Express 11th January, 1935

Children’s party

Almost 60 children of Cosgrove spent an enjoyable time at a party given by the members of Cosgrove Women’s Institute.  After tea, which was served by the Committee, Miss Joan Higgins as Santa Claus presented to each child a present from the Christmas tree.  On leaving each child also received an orange.

Wolverton Express 11th January, 1935

The Mission Hall

Mr. CP Woollard JP, of Stony Stratford, gave the New Year address in the Cosgrove Mission Hall on Sunday.  This was the 48th occasion without a break that he had done so.  The Mission was opened in 1837.  In the course of his address Mr. Woollard said “It is of no use to tell people to pack up their troubles in their old kit bag and smile, unless you are prepared to share their troubles and help them.  A person said to me, referring to the past year, “I’ve had an awful year and hardly dare think of it, but we got through it, and I’m going to make a bonfire of past struggles and walk in the light of my bonfire.”  What a hope!  Dare I bid you go forward into 1935 with no better hope than that?  A government cutter once chased a smuggler.  The crewl sought to escape by getting rid of the cargo which was contraband bales of tobacco, so they threw it overboard, but the trouble was it would not sink.  You cannot get rid of sin or its consequences by just throwing it overboard.  It is a fool’s game to try and face life’s problems and difficulties and leave God out of the reckoning.  Let me tell you of a better way.  Jesus, our Lord and Martyr says “Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, share my yoke and learn of me and I will give you rest.  That is a promise that had never failed.”


Wolverton Express 25th January, 1935

Buckingham Reserves win

Cosgrove put up a good game against Buckingham Reserves last Saturday and the Robins had to go all out to get the verdict of three goals to one.  In their last games Cosgrove have shown had wonderful improvement and last Saturday they certainly rose to the occasion as the Buckingham team were a good combined eleven and worked smartly together for the points.  Wins should soon be with Cosgrove on their display last Saturday.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 February 1935

DEANSHANGER WATER SAFE

PROPOSED SUPPLY FOR OTHER PARISHES

It was reported at a special meeting Potterspury Rural Council that the well at Deanshanger was yielding 60,000 gallons per day, which was more than sufficient supply the village. An analysis of the water showed that it could now be considered safe for use as a public supply. The Engineer (Mr. A. Young) was instructed to prepare plans and estimate for supply from this source to Deanshanger, Old Stratford, and Cosgrove.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 February 1935

COSGROVE

At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, in the Old School, Mrs. Beasley, of Northampton, gave demonstration on “Bits and pieces.” Numerous useful and expensive-looking articles were exhibited, but the cast of materials for each proved to be very trifling. A darning competition, judged by Mrs. Beasley, was won by Mrs. Hillyer. Tea was served by Mrs. W. Clarke and Mrs. Hillyer.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 March 1935

COSGROVE

Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute, when 56 members were present. Mrs. M. Jelley was elected delegate to the National Federation meeting to be held in London in May. Mrs. Horley, of Gayton, gave a talk on the Personal Service League and explained how, through the League, poverty in the distressed areas was relieved.

There were 21 entries the cake competition. Mrs. M. Jelley gained first prize, Mrs. Hurst second and Miss Payne third, Mr. R. Benbow, of Stony Stratford, judged the cakes. A rollcall on “My birthplace and something interesting about it” brought forth interesting and amusing facts. Mrs. Andrew was the pianist for the social half hour. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Gascoyne, Mrs. Jelley and helpers.


Wolverton Express 15th March, 1935

Cosgrove place four

Cosgrove made a bold win in defeating Forders Reserves by a clear cut out four goals.  The game was much in Cosgrove’s favour, and some good play came from their whole side, who under the leadership of their able captain made things go ahead during the match.  Forders found their opponents alert and but for some good defensive work their defeat would have been heavier.  The match was not one sided but Cosgrove played more convincing football.


Wolverton Express 15th March, 1935

Deanshanger water

A bacteriological report from the analysts on the water from the well at Deanshanger showed that it was of very good quality; but the Ministry informed the council that they required two further samples taking.

The clerk stated that these had been taken.

Mr. Ridgway criticised the delay in this scheme, saying that the water would not be laid on before the end of the summer.

Mr. A J Dent Young (water engineer) presented as scheme for supplying water to Passenham and Cosgrove, including the hamlets of Deanshanger and Old Stratford, a population of 1525, from the well at Deanshanger.  The plant would also be capable of pumping to Potterspury, if required.

His estimate of the cost was £5384 as against an original estimate of £4500, but there was the additional cost of distribution in Deanshanger, land, and fencing.

He understood there was a certain amount of the opposition at Cosgrove to the scheme, but it would cost them as much and possibly more.

The scheme was approved.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 March 1935

The bridal group taken after the wedding of Mr. W. T. Hawtin and Miss D. Scouler, at Cosgrove. Left to right: Miss A. Masters, the bridegroom and the bride, Mr. A. Hawtin (best man), and Miss L. Ranter.

Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Scouler, who represented England in the Olympic Games at Gothenberg, Sweden, in 1926, was married on Saturday at Cosgrove Church to Mr. William Thomas Hawtin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Hawtin, Bay Farm, Eastcote.

For several the bride ran for Middlesex women in the 103 yards and 220 yards events. She is a granddaughter of Mr. William Panter, Bridge Farm, Deanshanger, by whom she was given away. She wore a close-fitting gown of ivory ring velvet, with train, and a veil held in place with a headdress of lilies. Her shoes were of white velvet. She carried a bouquet of white roses. Yellow ring velvet dresses with long trains, with halo hats, shoes, and gloves to match, were worn by the attendants, Miss Lilian Panter (cousin of the bride) and Miss Adela Masters (cousin of the bridegroom). Their bracelets were gifts from the bridegroom. The bride’s mother was in a floral dress. Mrs. Hawtin was in navy silk trimmed with lace. Mr. Alfred Hawtin, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.

Following a reception to about 50 guests at the Conservative Room, Deanshanger, the bride and bridegroom left tor their honeymoon in London, the bride travelling in a two-piece suit of fawn. They will live at Yew Tree Farm, Caldecote, Towcester. The bridegroom gave the bride gloves and a handbag, and her present to the bridegroom was a travelling case.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 April 1935

MANOR FARM, COSGROVE MR. P. C, GAMBELL Is instructed  by F. Hewson, Esq., TO SELL BY AUCTION, On THURSDAY, APRIL 11th, 1935, at 5.30 o’clock, exact time, ACRES OF KEEPING AND *MOWING GRASS, Up to November 1st, 1935. .


Wolverton Express 5th April, 1935

Manor Farm Cosgrove

P C Gambell

Is instructed by F. Henson, Esquire, to Sell by Auction on Thursday, 11th April, 1935, at 5.30 o’clock exact time

207 acres of keeping and mowing grass up to 1st November 1935.

Catalogue
Lot   A   R P
1 Brown Moor   12 3 33
2 Dipping Tub Field (with the use of the yard, buildings, and dipping tub) 11 1 18
3 Rookery 10 2 9
4 Shepherd’s Close 14 3 23
Towing Path Field   9 1 28
24 1 11
5 The Meadows (may be mown)  33 2 31
6 The Meadows (may be mown)   41 2 24
7 Barn Grounds 14 2 29
8 Hovel Close 7 3 38
Hales and Wales  17 0 12
25 0 10
9 Lock House Field 10 0 19
10 Home Close 4 1 23
Farm Paddock  1 1 13
(with Yard)  5 2 36
11 Second Lawn  16 2 7

The keeping is for grazing only, excepting Lots 5 and 6, which may be known, if desired.  No bulls or entire horses to be grazed.

A man will be provided to attend to the stock and fences.

The company will please meet the auctioneer at the gateway on the Stony Stratford - Cosgrove road at 5.30 o’clock.  Credit on the usual conditions.

Auction offices, Newport Pagnell and Olney.


Wolverton Express 19th April, 1935

Local Grasskeeping Prices

Mr. P C Gambell, auctioneer, of Newport Pagnell, during last week held two successful sales of grass keeping.  Ten acres abutting on the Newport road, Hanslope, offered on instructions from Mr. Bert Payne, made the excellent price of £3 per acre.

On Thursday evening Mr. Gambell was met by a good company at Manor Farm, Cosgrove, when, for Mr F. Henson, he offered 207 acres of keeping and mowing grass up to 1st November next.  Two of the 12 lots sold for 39/- per acre, and others made 37/-, 36/-, 35/-, 34/-, 30/-, 29/-, and 28/- per acre.  Lots 5 and 6 each described as “the Meadows”, with areas of 33½ and 41½ acres respectively, which may be mown, made 25/- per acre.


Wolverton Express 26th April, 1935

Miss F Wain – Mr C Meakins

The St Mary’s Church, Stony Stratford, held a large number of friends and well-wishers at the marriage on Saturday of Miss Florence Lillian Wain, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wain, of 6 Jubilee Terrace, Stony Stratford, and Mr. Claud Ernest Ronald Meakins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meakins, of 4 Stratford Road Cosgrove.  The Rev. E J Payne M.A. (vicar) officiated.

Mr. R Wain gave his daughter away, and she was attired in a full length dress of white satin beaute with Princess Marina sleeves, a veil held in position by wreath of orange blossom, white satin shoes, and carried a shower bouquet of pink carnations and fern.  There were six attendant bridesmaids – Miss E Anstee (her friend), and Miss R Meakins (sister of the bridegroom), wearing ankle length dresses of deep sky blue, Crinoline hats, shoes, and gloves to match, and carried bouquets of deep cream tulips and fern; Miss Vera Scragg and Miss J. Wain (her nieces), ankle length dresses of deep lemon, and wreaths of silver leaves for headdresses, also carrying sheaves of white narcissi and fern; Miss P Scragg and Miss J Scragg (also her nieces), ankle length dress is of Margaret Rose pink with wreaths of silver leaves and carried star shaped posies of primroses and silver leaves.  All the bridesmaids wore pendants, gifts of the bridegroom.  Mr. Stanley M Mischler, BA,( friend of the bridegroom), discharged the duties of best man.

A reception was held at the bride’s home, where forty guests assembled.  The happy couple have been the recipients of over sixty handsome and useful presents, including a piano from the bride’s mother and father; a blue and gold bedroom chair set and linen basket from the bridegroom’s mother; Chesterfield chair from the bridegroom’s father; half a dozen point pewter tankards from Mr. S Mischler; a silver tea service from Mr. and Mrs. Trussel and family, Luton (friends of the bridegroom); Axminster rug from Mr. and Mrs. G Brown, (“Duke of Edinburgh”, Stony Stratford, where the bride had been employed).  The bride’s gift to the bridegroom were gold cufflinks and stand set, and the bridegroom’s gift to the bride a Westminster chiming clock.  Mr. and Mrs. Meakins have taken up residence at “Tudorville”, 11 Haversham Road, Wolverton.


Wolverton Express 10th May, 1935

Old English Sports at Cosgrove

For days previous and early on Monday residents were busily occupied in the decoration of their houses for the Jubilee celebrations.  Prizes were awarded for the best decorated houses and this proved an added incentive to the residents, who had decorated the village from one end to the other.  There were some especially fine individual displays, showing that much care and attention had been given.

The judging of the houses was the first item of the day’s programme and the judges, Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom, of the Hall, and Mr. and Mrs. G heap, of Little Manor, found a very difficult task ahead of them.  They eventually announced their awards as follows: 1 Mrs. A Eglesfield (Bridge Row), 2 Mrs. Walter Clarke (New Buildings), 3 Mrs. George Noble (Bridge Row).  A special and extra prize kindly given by Mrs Winterbottom went to Mrs W. Atkins (Bridge Row).

The Union Jack in the school grounds was unfurled by the schoolchildren in the presence of the following school managers: Captain P Y Atkinson, Mr. R Whiting, Mr S. Williams, Mr C. Evans, Mr. A J Childs, and Mr J. Higgins.

A service in the Parish Church was well attended and was conducted by the Rector, the Rev. H N C Hewson.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 May 1935

FANCY DRESS PROCESSION AT COSGROVE


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 May 1935

COSGROVE

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute, held at the Old School, was presided over by Mrs. Whiting. Mr. Vickers, of Cambridge, gave a practical demonstration on home-dyeing, and was thanked on the motion of Mrs. Whiting. The competition was won by Miss Marlow. Tea was served by Mrs. Andrew and Mrs. Lord.


Wolverton Express 7th June, 1935

Wedding

A pretty wedding took place at St Peter’s Church, Cosgrove on Saturday afternoon last, when the contracting parties were Miss Agnes Mary Chapman, the elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A E Chapman, of “Holmewood”, Cosgrove Road, Old Stratford, and Mr. Charles Garrard Knight, the younger son of Mrs. C Knight, of the “Plough Inn”, Cosgrove, and of the late Mr. J G Knight, of that village.  The Rector the Rev. H N C Hewson, officiated.  The bride was attired in a charming ankle length dress of turquoise blue crepe suede, with picture hat to match, and carried a bouquet of cream rosebuds.  The gold necklace she wore was the gift of the bridegroom.  She was attended by her sister, Miss Maggie Chapman, of Burnham Beeches, Mrs. Elsie Clarke, Stony Stratford, her friend, and Miss Mary Knight, Stony Stratford, a niece of the bridegroom.  The first two named wore pretty ankle length dresses of Jubilee blue crepe suede, with picture hat to match, and also sprays of white carnations.  They carried white handbags, gifts of the bridegroom.  The youngest bridesmaid was dressed in Princess Margaret Rose silk, trimmed with frills of blue organdie, the dress being ankle length, and she carried a posy of pink and blue flowers.  The bride was given away by her father, whilst Mr. E Hillyer, of Cosgrove, a friend of the bridegroom, discharged the duties of best man.  As the bride and bridegroom left the church a merry peal was rung on the bells.  A reception was held at the home of the bride, where thirty guests were entertained.  The wedding cake was supplied by the bride’s uncle, Mr J. Gardner, of the Bective bakery, Kingsthorpe, and was iced in blue and silver.  Among the numerous presents received by the happy couple was a combination linen basket and stool from the teachers and scholars of the Stony Stratford Orphanage Sunday School, where the bride had been a teacher for the past 14 years, and an overmantle and fireside chair from the members of the Cosgrove Football Club, with whom the bridegroom was a popular member and was Secretary some years ago.  Mr. and Mrs. Knight will take up residence at “Woodley”, Cosgrove Road, Old Stratford.


Wolverton Express 7th June, 1935

The funeral took place at Cosgrove on Thursday afternoon of Mrs. Eliza Lambert, who had resided in one house in that south Northamptonshire village for 50 years.  She had attained the advanced age of 82 years and was the widow of Mr H. Lambert, who predeceased her about seven years ago.  Owing to failing health the deceased lady was removed about six months ago to the residence of a daughter, Mrs A Nicholls, at 66 Clarence Road, Stony Stratford.  She passed away at that address on Monday, 27th May.  A well-known and much respected residents of Cosgrove, Mrs. Lambert did good work in connection with the Cosgrove Mission Hall.  The first portion of the burial service in the parish church was conducted by the Rev. H N C Hewson (Rector), who also officiated at the graveside in the cemetery adjoining the churchyard, the interment being in the same grave as that in which her husband was interred.  The family mourners present were: Mr. and Mrs. W. Clarke, Cosgrove, Mr. and Mrs. M Mischler, London, Mr. and Mrs. Preater, and Mr. and Mrs. Nicholls, Stony Stratford, and Mrs. H Rance, Dartford, Kent (sons in law and daughters), Mr. and Mrs. A. Lambert, Birmingham (son and daughter in law), Mr. S Mischler, London, Mrs M. Clarke, Cosgrove, Mr. R Preater, and Mr P. Nicholls, Stony Stratford (grandchildren), Mrs. G E Eales and Mrs. J Tapp, Yardley Gobion (nieces), and Mr. George Faulkner, Castlethorpe (friend).

Amongst the friends present were members of the Cosgrove Mission Hall, from whom a floral token was received.  There were also tokens from the Cosgrove Mothers’ Union, friends in Clarence Road, Stony Stratford, in addition to those from other friends and relatives.


Wolverton Express 7th June, 1935

Public Inquiry at Stony Stratford

A Ministry of Health inquiry into the proposed water supply scheme for the villages of Deanshanger, Passenham, Furtho, and Cosgrove was held at the old Potterspury Rural District Council at Stony Stratford, on Thursday morning last, conducted by Mr. F H Seabrooke, an inspector appointed by the Ministry, who was supported by Mr. Cox, from the Ministry, Mr. J S Budge and Mr. F J Hulbert, clerk and assistant clerk respectively of the Towcester Rural Council; Mr. A J Dent Young, engineer for the scheme; Mr. W Snelgrove and Mr. JcB Fairchild, Clerk and sanitary inspector of the former Potterspury Rural Council; Messrs. J Soper, R L C Ridgway, and W N Montgomery, Rural councillors.

Opposition was voiced by the Rev. H N C Hewson (Rector of Cosgrove), Captain P Y Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory), Messrs. W J C Ray, T. Thornton, Alan Giles, J. Boswell, F Back, and G Horn, of Old Stratford.  The first three acted as spokesmen.

The application before the inquiry was for sanction to borrow £5348 for works of water supply.

In reply to the inspector, Mr. Snelgrove said they had not yet obtains the provisional agreement for the purchase of a site at Deanshanger, but there would be no difficulty in securing it.  The purchase price was £300.

Mr. Hulbert explained the financial position, and said the new scheme would involve the abolition of the consumers’ rate at Old Stratford.  The equivalent net increase in the rates would be, excluding grants, Cosgrove 2/-, Furtho 1/7¼, and Passenham 1/9.6.  The original cost of the waterworks at Old Stratford was £2064 and the present debt was £1258/12/1.

Mr. Ridgway pointed out that there would be a contribution of £130 from the Rural Council and a grant from the County Council.

Mr. Ray said they had not been sufficient notice of the inquiry.

The Rev. H. Hewson said the cost could be immensely decreased by the active help of all the parishioners.  It was quite unnecessary to bring water so far.

The Inspector: that’s not a question.

Might I ask why this has been brought on so quickly after the district has been brought under the control of Towcester?

The Inspector: it is no good you asking these general questions.

Mr. Dent young gave an outline of the scheme formulated for the Potterspury Council.  It was in September last that the well at Deanshanger, after being sunk to a depth of 40 feet, gave a yield of 69,000 gallons per day.  It was sunk another two feet, and then they could not deal with the rush of water.  A more suitable time could not have been chosen than towards the end of two dry years.  It was proposed to erect a tower with a capacity of 30,000 gallons.

In answer to the inspector he said that assuming the population of 1525 would require 20 gallons per head, they would need 30,500 gallons per day.

The Inspector: that is a very generous allowance. It seems to be ample.

Mr. Ray: the Old Stratford water supply fell short in September?  Is that so?

Mr. Young: that is the information I received.

Mr. Ray: we deny that.  We say that if there was any shortage it was caused by some waste or leakage.  Is there any reason why it should be scrapped? 

It is not proposed to scrap it.  We shall utilise the existing works.

Do you consider it an extravagant scheme to lay a length of pipe for some 4 miles?

No I do not.  We are carrying it along roads which are developing and are developing daily.

In answer to further questions from Mr. Ray, the engineer said he recommended the joint scheme as the most economical in capital expenditure and in working costs.

Mr. J B Fairchild pointed out that the Old Stratford Supply had dropped from 29,000 gallons per day between 40 and 50 years ago to between 5 and 6000 in August last year.  It was increased to 12,000 early in December, but owing to the presence of iron oxide sediment it was almost the colour of red ink, and he had had “no end of complaints”.

Mr. Ridgway was of the opinion that with the grants the rate of 1/8 would be brought down to 9d.

Mr. Soper said some years ago the Potterspury Council spent £700 on sinking a well Paulerspury and then they found it was no good.  They would probably find the same thing at Cosgrove.

Mr. Ray said that his rates were 26/2 in the £, and the consumers rate 8/3.  He produced a demand note saying it was 13/1 for the half year, remarking that if the rates were to continue like that everyone would leave Old Stratford.

Mr. Ray added that he was quite satisfied with the scheme, relying upon what had been said.  It seems strange that Deanshanger water was said to be adequate when six months ago that wasn’t a bucketful.  He was quite sure they appreciated there was a little diffidence about it.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 June 1935

COSGROVE

There was a good attendance at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute, at which Mrs. Atkinson presided. A report on the N.F.W.I. conference was read by Mrs. M. Jelley, who attended as delegate. A parcel of garments made by members has been despatched to the headquarters of the Personal Service League. A demonstration on crepe paper work was given by Miss Nicholls (a member). Mrs. Heap and Mrs. Whiting were hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 June 1935

WOLVERTON PRESENTATION

Miss Louie Gascoyne, of Cosgrove, telephonist at the Wolverton exchange, was presented with a barometer by Mr. Firth, postmaster, on behalf of the staff, on leaving to be married.


Wolverton Express 19th July, 1935

Feast Sunday

Many people visited Cosgrove on Sunday evening on the occasion of the time honoured annual feast.  From a central position in the village, the Wolverton Town Silver Band, under the conductorship of Mister J. Kitchener, provided an enjoyable programme of music.  The seating accommodation provided was greatly appreciated by the visitors in view of the very warm evening.


Wolverton Express 26th July, 1935

Marriage of Miss Gascoyne

The Parish Church of Cosgrove held a crowded congregation on Saturday for the wedding of Miss Louie Iris Gascoyne, who was married that afternoon to Mr. Sydney Frank Newman, of Wolverton.

The bride, who is the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H Gascoyne, of the Green, Cosgrove, had for the past six years been employed as a telephonist in the General Post Office, during the latter three years having been engaged at the Wolverton Exchange.  Part of her Post Office Service was carried out in London.  Mr. Newman is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Newman, of 93 Church Street, Wolverton.

The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. H N C Hewson (Rector), who was assisted by the Rev. R N Beasley (Rector of Grafton Regis).  Mr C. Kenneth Garrett, of Newport Pagnell, a friend, presided at the organ, and in addition to rendering suitable wedding music played for the singing of the hymns “Lead us Heavenly Father Lead us” and “Love Divine”.

The bride was charmingly attired in an ankle length dress of white satin beaute with veil (kindly lent by a friend) and halo of orange blossom.  From the sheath of lilies she carried was suspended a silver horse shoe.  She was attended by Miss Muriel Newman and Miss Dorothy Newman, sisters of the bridegroom, who were attired in ankle length dresses of silk marocain in shades of pink and blue respectively, with lace capes and Crinoline hats to tone.  They carried sheaves of lemon tea roses and wore necklets, gifts of the bridegroom.  A younger bridesmaid, Miss Gladys Loughrey, a niece of the bride, wore a daffodil marocain dress with a halo headdress of pink rosebuds.  She carried a basket of pink roses and the silver bangle she wore was a gift of the bridegroom.

The bride was given away by her father, while Mr. WF Gascoyne, a brother of the bride, discharged the duties of best man.

A reception was afterwards held in the Old Schools, Cosgrove, attended by about 40 guests.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 August 1935

SATURDAY, Aug. 24

A GRAND FETE

will be held at

Cosgrove Hall

COSGROVE

(by kind permission of G. H. Winterbottom, Esq.)

In aid of a Jubilee Bell for the Church.

To be Opened at 3 o’clock by

Their Highnesses The

Prince & Princess Gilitizine

Gates will be open 2-30.

Fishing Contest

Side Shows

Whist Drive

Country Dancing

Fortune Teller

Boy Scout

Display

Lucky Dip

Races for Children and Adults
Entries to sent to MR. KNIGHT,

Old Stratford, before Aug. 15th

Balloon Races

Fancy Dress

Parade Stalls

Fire Display

RAFFLE FOR LIVE GOATS, also other Animals,

Birds, etc. RAFFLE for LIVE PIG

Dancing on the Lawn.

LANDER’S BAND will be in attendance

With the MYSTERY LADY

The Grounds will be Illuminated and Dancing

will proceed until 12 o'clock.

TEAS and Light Refreshments

The Fete will be organised and arranged

by Mrs, G. H. WINTERBOTTOM.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 August 1935

PRINCE’S GIFT

A Gift from a Russian Prince and Princess is to be presented to a boy hero at a Cosgrove fete tomorrow. The boy is Arthur Noble, and some time ago he pluckily rescued a child from drowning. A little boy named Peter Whittaker, aged five, slipped while playing on the bank of the Grand Union Canal, near Cosgrove Locks, and fell into the water. He was carried away and on the point of drowning when Noble dived in the canal and brought him to the bank. He began artificial respiration, but his rescue efforts had exhausted him.

Fortunately, villager had by this time arrived on the scene, and he was able to restore the child. The plucky act was brought to the notice of Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, Cosgrove Hall, and the Royal Humane Society was communicated with. The Society has sent a certificate and a medallion, and the presentation of these is to be made at a fete on Saturday by Prince and Princess Nicholas Galitzin, members of an old order of Russian nobility, who are friends of Mrs. Winterbottom. Their only son, Prince Yurka, is at Stowe School. As an appreciation of the schoolboys’ act, the Prince and Princess are presenting him with a watch, and Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom have given a chain for the medallion.

It is anticipated that about 2000 people will be present at the fete, and many county families in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire will be represented. Mrs. Winterbottom has made herself responsible for supervising the arrangements, and it is intended to use the funds to provide a Jubilee bell for the Parish Church, which has a pretty peal of six. Mrs. Winterbottom informed a Mercury and Herald reporter that if there is any surplus after the provision of the bell she would like to see it used towards the erection in the village of a building where the young people could meet. At the present time the nearest facilities are at neighbouring halls in Stony Stratford and Wolverton.


Wolverton Express 23rd August, 1935

Prince and Princess to Open Cosgrove Fete

To raise funds for a Jubilee commemoration bell for the Cosgrove Parish Church Mrs. G H Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, has organized a fete which is to be held in the Hall grounds tomorrow (Saturday).

Special interest will be centred in the visit of Prince and Princess Galitzine, members of an old order of Russian nobility, who are friends of Mrs Winterbottom, who will perform the opening ceremony.  The only son of Prince and Princess Galitzine (Prince Yurka) is a pupil at Stowe School.

It is anticipated that about 2000 people will be present and many county families in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire will be represented.

Many amusements will be staged, including side-shows of the latest type.

A cup is being offered for a fire brigade competition for which Captain A Yates, of the Stony Stratford Brigade, is making arrangements.  The stony Stratford boy scouts are to give the engine mastic display, there will be races for children, a fancy dress parade, balloon races, country dancing, a whist drive, and dancing on the lawn to music by a specially engaged band.  At dusk the grounds will be illuminated and the lawn and the house will be floodlit.

Royal Humane Society Award

Official notification has been received at the Wolverton Express office of the award of a Parchment by the Royal Humane Society, of York House, Strand, London, WC2, to Arthur Noble, of Cosgrove, for lifesaving.

The intimation reads:

“To Arthur Noble (16), an apprentice fitter on the LMS at Wolverton, Bucks, for saving Peter Whittaker (5), of Cosgrove, Stony Stratford, when he fell into the Grand Union Canal on 6th July”.

The plucky act was brought to the notice of the Society by Mrs. G H Winterbottom and the parchment, together with a medallion, will be presented to the recipient at the fete on Saturday by the Prince and Princess.

As an appreciation of the deed the Prince and Princess are presenting him with a watch and Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom have given a chain for the medallion.


The Northampton Independent Friday August 30th 1935:

A boy hero of Northamptonshire was honoured at a garden fete opened by Princess Galitzine at Cosgrove Hall. He was Arthur Noble, of Cosgrove, who rescued a five year old child from the Grand Union Canal, the Princess is seen handing Noble a presentation watch and chain. Also in the group are (left to right): Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, who organised the fete to raise funds for the purchase of a Jubilee Bell, Mr. Winterbottom, Mrs. J. Daubeny, and the Rev H N C Hewson.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 August 1935

RUSSIAN PRINCE AND PRINCESS AT COSGROVE

Princess Gilitizine presenting a watch to Arthur Noble, a Cosgrove youth, who rescued five-year-old Peter Whittaker from
drowning in the Grand Union Canal recently. Also seen are Mr. G. H. Winterbottom,Mrs. J. Daubeny, and the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson

With scarcely a trace of a foreign accent, Prince Gilitizine directed many of the entertainments at the garden fete at Cosgrove Hall on Saturday. He is a member of an old order of Russian nobility, and is related to the late Czar and to the King, His only son, Prince Yurka, is at Stowe School. During an interval in his activities, a Mercury and Herald representative asked him how he liked his adopted country, and he replied “I like this country very much indeed.” He has been associated with the theatre for a number of years, chiefly in designing sets and writing theatrical criticisms. One of his hobbies is shooting, and there have been many articles from his pen in sporting periodicals. Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom’s house party comprised Prince and Princess Nicholas Gilitizine, Prince Yurka Gilitizine, Mrs. Daubeny, Mr. and Mrs. Van der Byl, Mr. and Mrs. B. Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Sykes, Mr. Timmis, and Mr. Case.

Left to right: Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, Mrs. Alexander, and Miss Bouverie, J.P.
Standing in front are: Monica Clifton and Mabel Castle, who presented bouquets.

Displays of country dancing were given by Cosgrove children, and exhibitions of physical exercises and gymnastics by the Stony Stratford Scouts, under Group Scoutmaster T. G. Dicks. Mr. Ronald Toombs was M.C. for a whist drive; and at nightfall the house, lawn and gardens were flood-lit for dancing. During this a mystery lady caused some amusement, and she turned out to be Mr. Henry Fermor, butler at Cosgrove Hall.

COSGROVE FETE. At the Cosgrove Hall fete on Saturday, valuable assistance in the organising and serving teas was given Mrs. Norman, of Cosgrove,

Styling themselves King Kobo and his Zulu attendants, these three Stony Stratford Scouts presented a fearsome spectacle at Cosgrove Fete. They are V. Parker, F. Eaton, and F. James, and they were awarded second place in the fancy dree parade.


Wolverton Express 30th August, 1935

Prince and Princess at Cosgrove Fete

A Successful Day - Many Attractions

Country dances, gymnastic displays, boxing exhibitions, fire brigade competitions, and dancing by floodlighting were a few of the many attractions at Cosgrove Hall (the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom) on Saturday last, when probably the most successful village fete held in this district took place.

To Mrs Winterbottom, under whose supervision the function was organized, every possible credit is due for arranging such a varied programme, which over 1000 visitors to the well-appointed grounds had the privilege of enjoying.  Mrs Winterbottom’s endeavour was to raise money for the purchase of a Jubilee bell for the village church and such money in excess to be devoted to a fund for the erection of a village hall.  That the village church will receive the gift of the bell as the result of Saturday’s effort is certain, for when expenses have been met close upon £100 will be the net proceeds.

With a dull Saturday morning following the heavy rain of the previous day and night it was doubtful right up to mid-day whether it would be possible for the holding of an outdoor function, but the sun made its way through thick clouds and by two o’clock a cloudless sky came to the delight of the organizer and her many helpers, and to the large number of persons who had intended visiting Cosgrove for the spending of that afternoon and evening.

Chief interest in connection with the fete centred upon the presence of Prince Nicholas Galitzine and Princess Galitzine, members of an old Russian family.  Many helpers took a share in the management of sideshows and these included Prince Yurka Galitzine who is at school at Stowe; Mrs Dan Benny, daughter of the Prince and Princess; Dr. and Mrs. A Habgood and Dr. and Mrs. E. Lawrence, Stony Stratford; Miss Bouverie of Delapre Park, Northampton; Mrs. Alexander of Grafton Regis; Mr. and Mrs. G. Rogers, of London; and Mr. and Mrs. B. Sykes.

Mrs Winterbottom, as a Venetian lady in a Crinoline gown of salmon pink shade, trimmed with gold lace with two large rosettes at the hem, and wearing a three cornered black velvet hat and veil, came in for considerable admiration.

It was surprising how quickly visitors to the fete assembled.  Half an hour before the opening ceremony the attendance was a meagre one, but people arrived from Stony Stratford, Wolverton, and the surrounding villages, and when Princess Galitzine declared the proceedings at open there were fully 500 people present.

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was performed from the lawn at the front of the house and Prince Galitzine, before calling upon his wife, said he was delighted to be present on such an occasion to assist in the effort of acquiring a nice bell to commemorate the Jubilee, which was so fleetingly celebrated this year.

Princess Galitzine wish the effort every success and hoped that the Jubilee bell would not only bring happiness to Cosgrove but that they would also have the dance hall which Mrs Winterbottom wish to obtain for them.

Her Highness was handed a bouquet of carnations by Mabel Castle and a miniature silver bell by little Monica Clifton, who were handed in return the gifts of a gold and silver brooch respectively by the Princess.

Prince Galitzine announced the brave action of Arthur Noble (1) of Cosgrove, who saved from drowning in the canal on 6th July Peter Whittaker, aged five.  Princess Galitzine handed to the rescuer a silver watch which bore the inscription “Presented to Arthur Thomas Noble by Princess Galitzine, in recognition of a noble deed, 24th August, 1935”.  A silver chain, the gift of Mrs Winterbottom, accompanied the watch.  The recipient in acknowledging, said “Thank you. I only did my duty”.  A parchment awarded Noble by the Royal Humane Society was not at hand for presentation.

The prince initiated cheers for Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom for generously allowing the use of their grounds for the occasion and the interest they had taken in the effort.

Dancing Display

Country dances were charmingly given by Cosgrove children, under the guidance of Miss Rogers, of Stony Stratford.  They had been trained by Mrs. Thacker, the school mistress.  These performances delighted the many parents.

Stoney Stratford Win Fire Brigade Competitions

The members of the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade, which has been extensively reorganised during the past two years, were very proud to be the first winners of the “Winterbottom Jubilee Cup”, which trophy has been presented to the Brigade for it to arrange annual competitions.  Stoney Stratford’S success was the more noteworthy by the fact that they defeated the other local brigade, Wolverton LMS Works.

Chief officer A A Yates was responsible for the competition arrangements.  Four brigades completed and the cup was awarded for the best aggregate team.

The judges were Chief Officers H T Smith (Bicester) and J J Clarke (Leighton Buzzard).  The results and times were:

Hose-cart: 1 Stony Stratford 29.6 seconds, 2 Wolverton 37.3 (including 5sec penalty), 3 Wendover 37.4 (1 sec), 4 Bicester 42.

Motor turnout: 1 Wolverton 34.3, 2 Bicester 40.2, 3 Stony Stratford 43 (4sec), 4 Wendover 45 (1sec).

Motor pump dry: 1 Stony Stratford 76.4, 2 Wolverton 94, 3 Wendover 101.5, 4 Bicester 122.3

Aggregate: 1 Stony Stratford 149, 2 Wolverton 165.6, 3 Wendover 184, 4 Bicester 205.5.

The first and second seconds team in each drill received a cash prize of £1 and 10/- respectively and a diploma, and the third team a diploma.  Mrs Winterbottom handed the cup to Chief Officer A Yates and also distributed the prizes.  Chief Officer Canvin received the Wolverton awards.

Boxing exhibitions

A new outdoor sport to this district was presented in the form of boxing matches.  The arrangements were made by Mr. W Jakeman, the promoter of the “Plough” boxing club, Stony Stratford.  Three fights were staged, the first resulting in a tie and was taken part in by two newcomers to the sport in R Homan (Stony Stratford) and R Frisby (Wolverton).  The second bout saw “Ginger” Hawkins (Calverton) prove no match for W Jakeman (Stony Stratford).  The final match proved very interesting, the contestants being Pat Cummings (Stony Stratford) and Fred Burgess (Buckingham) both bantam weights.

Gymnastic displays

About 30 stony Stratford Boy Scouts, under their instructor GSM T G Dicks, gave physical exercises and a gymnastic display in the early evening.  Each of their turns were loudly applauded.  They repeated some of the drills at eleven o’clock by the aid of the floodlighting.

Fancy dress parade

There were nearly 50 individuals in fancy costume and these were judged by Mrs Winterbottom, Princess Galitzine, and her daughter, who gave their awards as follows :

Children: 1 Peggy Ruff, Cosgrove (lady with a lantern); equal seconds Michael Smith, Yardley Gobion, and Bobby Gallop, Cosgrove both as soldiers; Mary Knight, Stony Stratford (Jubilee bell); 4 Douglas Hillyer, Cosgrove (executioner).

Adults: 1 Misses I Tyrell and Eileen Johnson, Stony Stratford (Princes in the tower); 2 King Kobo and his attendants, Messrs. V. Parker, F Eaton, and F. James, Stony Stratford; Mrs. T Smith, Yardley Gobion (Shell petrol); special prize, Mrs. F Hillyer, Cosgrove (Jubilee bell).

Stalls and amusements

The stalls and sideshows were supervised by; Mrs. G H Winterbottom, Princess Galitzine, Mrs Van der Byl, and the Misses Van der Byl (novelty and cake stall); Miss R Van der Bilt (ices); Mrs J Dan Benny and Mr. J R Case (Cosgrove stakes); Pamela Habgood (Bran tub); Madame Flamenco (fortune telling); Mrs. E D Lawrence and Mr J. Weston (spinning wheel); Mrs A H Habgood and Miss Crofts (Jubilee races); Messrs. A M W Chapman, Wolverton (dice bowling); Dr. A H Habgood and Mr M E Jelley (miniature dice bowling); Mrs. A H Habgood (clothesline); Mr. G H Winterbottom and Mr H. Parkinson, Stony Stratford (bowls); Rev. H N C Hewson and Mrs. J. Adams, Old Stratford (flowerpot stall); Mr B Sykes and Mr G. Rogers (darts); Mrs. G. Rogers (pony rides); Mr. and Mrs. P Gammage, Stony Stratford (housey housey; Mr J. Clarke (coconuts); Mr S. Bennett and Mr. E Longland (skittles); Prince Yurka had charge of a sideshow.

Misses Tear A. Hewson undertake the duties of treasurer to the fund.  Pamphlets with poetry printed thereon referring to the Jubilee bell composed by the Rev. H N C Hewson, were on sale.

Floodlit grounds

Shortly before 9.00 the grounds were brilliantly illuminated by a number of large art lamps, whilst coloured lights hung around the building from where Lander’s Dance Band played selections for dancing, which was much enjoyed by the large number of young people.  About ten o’clock a mystery lady appeared and caused considerable amusement.  “Her” identity was later revealed to be Mr Henry Fermor, a Butler at the Hall, who is a well-known London and continental female impersonator.  The dress worn was from Messrs Worth’s of Paris.

Before the close the company was given a skilful rendering of tunes and change ringing on handbells by Mr. Lambert, of Cosgrove, and his two sons, and Mr. J Green, Wicken.

Prince Galitzine again thanked Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom for what they had done and for working unceasingly throughout the day for the benefit of charity.  Mr. Winterbottom returned thanks to the Prince and Princess for kindly taking their part and cheers were given. The house staff at Cosgrove Hall also took their share in the smooth working of the day in preparing lunch and dinner to the house party and also arranging meals for those who assisted in many ways. The arranging of the floodlighting was the work of Messrs. C H Cave and Co, electrical engineers, of Stony Stratford and Old Stratford, under the direction of Mr C. Durrant, and many expressed their appreciation of this side of the day, which was a notable feature.  Thanks are due to Mr. C Compton, of Wolverton and Mr J. Higgins who remained at the gate from two o’clock until late in the evening when it was found that over £20 ha been realized from the nominal admission charges of sixpence for adults and threepence for children.


Wolverton Express 20th September, 1935

Cosgrove impress

Cosgrove St Peter’s made a good impression in their game last Saturday against Stony Stratford Reserves, securing the win by six goals to two.  The match was well contested in the first half, both sides battling well.  In the concluding stages Cosgrove, who had attained a good lead, finished up with their side in happy mood, having broken their pointless record.


Wolverton Express 4th October, 1935

Cosgrove Fine Recovery

Stony Stratford Pirates Reserves visited Cosgrove St Peter’s on Saturday and did well to return with one point, although at the interval the Pirates were leading by three goals to nil.  The game was well contested, the villagers’ half back line being particularly prominent.  Tompkins being outstanding.  The Pirates, by making the most of their chances, registered three good goals in the first half, but in the second, Cosgrove staged a fine rally, and the Pirates’ defence was kept busy.  Cosgrove reduced the lead, but the Pirates restored the balance with a fourth goal.  Later the home team swarmed to the attack and three goals were scored quickly to bring the scores level.  Five minutes from the end Cosgrove were awarded a penalty, which Roberts, the Pirates’ goalkeeper, saved in fine style.

Result: Cosgrove St Peter’s 4, Stratford Pirates Reserves 4.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 October 1935

COSGROVE CHURCH

COSGROVE, a village on the extreme southern borders of Northamptonshire, has numerous features to interest the visitor, but it is best known for the fact that the Buckingham branch of the Grand Junction Canal is carried here by an aqueduct of cast iron across the river Ouse to Wolverton.

The Church of SS. Peter and Paul forms well-known landmark, with its comparatively lofty tower, which imparts a dignified appearance to the ancient building. The architecture of the church is chiefly in the Late Norman and Early English styles. The embattled western tower contains a clock and peal of bells. There is a stained east window, erected at the expense of the Hansel family to the memory the Very Rev. Henry Longueville Mansel, Dean of St. Paul’s, and a 1 Eccles divine of Cos Cosojro wall o windo ville A and ai som, I is an of Wi 1595. 1691. Thei north been Snelsh in the The amoun chalyt corrup

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Wolverton Express 1st November, 1935

Cosgrove’s Great Display

Cosgrove put up a fine display against Buckingham Reserves and won by 4-2.  The match was full of zest, with Cosgrove well served in defence.  The half-time score was 3-1 in the home side’s favour.  In the second half Buckingham settled down better, but Cosgrove finally won by 4-2.  Cosgrove scorers were Neil, Herbert (2), and Elliott.


Wolverton Express 15th November 1935

Cosgrove’s Achievement

Cosgrove played an excellent game in their League venture against Stony Stratford Sports Reserves, winning a brace of useful points by seven goals to four.  Of Cosgrove’s goals Herbert claimed five and Birdsey two.

Cosgrove were naturally very elated and certainly it was a good achievement.  But for the brilliant work of Stony’s goalkeeper the score would have reached a much heavier total.  He played a marvellous game.  Stony’s four goals were all well timed and neatly placed.


Wolverton Express 15th November, 1935

Cosgrove

Mrs. P Y Atkinson, of the Priory, organized the Poppy Day at Cosgrove with success, and the sum of £4/8/0 was raised, together with an addition of £1 which the ex-Service men and Old Stratford and Cosgrove paid for a wreath, which will be credited to the effort.  The collectors were Misses K Bushell, J. Whittaker, and D Pacey.


Wolverton Express 15th November, 1935

Cosgrove

A special service for the observing of Remembrance Day for those who fell in the Great War was held in the SS Peter and Paul Church, Cosgrove, on Sunday afternoon, and was conducted by the Rector, the Rev. H N C Hewson.  Cosgrove and Old Stratford ex-Service men attended the service under Captain P Y. Atkinson, who laid a wreath at the Memorial in the sacred building.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 November 1935

VERSES BY COMRADES

COSGROVE MEMBER WINS FIRST PRIZE

There was a large entry for our Poetry competition and some very good original verses were sent in. The prizes have been awarded to ; JOAN WHITAKER (13). 4, Council Houses, Cosgrove; ENID CLAYSON (12), Teeton-road, Creaton; and M. CLIFTON (11) ( Cloverlea, Brington-road, Flore.

The following verses were written by Joan Whitaker:

COSGROVE

In April, when the cuckoo comes

And moles build homes,

with tops like domes

And all the trees begin to shoot

And when at night owls start to hoot

Pretty then beside the Tove

Is our dear village of Cosgrove.

The glow-worms shine by the canal

And barge-lamps sparkle bright well

And song-birds start to build in trees.

And flowers dance in scented breeze

You’ll find them by the river Tove

In our small village of Cosgrove

The thatched house the village green

Does truly make a pretty scene

That would attract a camera eye

With trees behind, and bright blue sky

And birds a-singing everywhere

In our village gay and fair.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 November 1935

The Sanitary Inspector (Mr. T. Harris) reported that he had been making house-to-house inspections with the Medical Officer of Health in Yardley Gobion, Potterspury, and Cosgrove. The house known as Stable Rooms at the Rectory, Cosgrove, was in a very bad condition, the report stated, and should be closed as being unfit for human habitation.


Wolverton Express 22nd November, 1935

Cosgrove’s great improvement

Cosgrove are gradually improving their League status and they did considerably well to defeat Wolverton Technical College by three goals to two.  The match was well fought and both sides were in good form.


Wolverton Express 22nd November, 1935

North Bucks League

Technical College lose at home

Wolverton Technical College were surprisingly beaten by Cosgrove at Wolverton on Saturday by three goals to two.  The visitors played a strong game and fully deserved their win.  The College scored first after ten minutes play through Shouler but the visitors played up strongly and Herbert equalized from close range and shortly after put his side in front.  Before half-time Shouler equalized for the college following a corner.

Upon resuming, the home team should have built up a good lead, but poor finishing prevented them scoring, although Harding once got the ball into the net only to be given off-side.  Ten minutes from time Castle scored an excellent goal for Cosgrove to gain them the points.

Final score: Wolverton Technical College 2, Cosgrove 3.


Wolverton Express 29th November, 1935

Cosgrove again successful

Wolverton Technical College visited Cosgrove on Saturday and were defeated by three goals to two in a hard game.  Cosgrove started against a slight wind and after the home goal keeper had cleared smartly Herbert opened the scoring with a shot that went into the net off the upright.  Even play followed, both defences having plenty to do.  Cosgrove scored a second goal after good work by Herbert and then at the other end a shot from Frisby struck the upright and Blackburn’s shot from the rebound was cleared by a defender.  Upon resuming, the home side soon added to their lead when Herbert scored a good goal.  The College retaliated strongly and Snowdon reduced the lead from a pass from Jones and shortly afterwards the same player scored a second goal with a hard drive.  Cosgrove were hard pressed to keep out an equalizer and Blackburn missed narrowly.  Towards the end the home team attacked vigorously and Gabell brought off a great save from Herbert.

Final score: Cosgrove 3, Wolverton Technical College 2.


Wolverton Express 29th November, 1935

Cosgrove making progress

In their last few games, Cosgrove have made great strides.  Last Saturday they again excelled in defeating Wolverton Technical College by three goals to two.  Both sides were well balanced and the football served up was extremely good.  Upon their present form Cosgrove should make headway in their league programme.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 December 1935

CONTRACTOR

Well-known in Northampton as a public works contractor, Mr. George Bennett Heap, of the Little Manor, Cosgrove, died on Tuesday at Northampton General Hospital, He had been ill for six months. Mr. Heap, who leaves a widow and daughter, was the eldest son of the late Alderman William Heap, of Birchfield, Abington-grove. Northampton.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 December 1935

MINISTER’S TRIBUTE

Northampton business men and former colleagues of Mr. George Bennett Heap, of the Little Manor, Cosgrove, public works contractor, who died on December 3, were represented at his funeral at Cosgrove on Friday. The service throughout was taken by the Rev. A. Fielding Daniel, Northampton, assisted by the Rector (the Rev. H. C. Hewson).

At the Parish Church, a psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” was chanted, and the hymn, “Lead us, Heavenly Father,” sung. Mr. C. Compton, who was at the organ, also played voluntaries Handel’s Largo and O, rest in the Lord (Mendelssohn). In the course of an address, the Rev. A. Fielding Daniel said it was easy to read a man’s religion, but it was not easy to read his heart. They were mourning for one who was respected and loved as a friend. It was not his pleasure to have known him in health, but it was his privilege to have known him in sickness, and he felt sure that Mr. Heap had passed through this life a Christian man. He was struck by the remarkable patience with which Mr. Heap bad borne suffering.

The interment was in the adjoining churchyard. The family mourners were: Mrs. Heap (widow), Miss B. Heap (daughter), Mrs. John R. Pettit, Bristol (sister), Mrs. William (Stepmother) Mrs. Frederick Heap (sister-in-law), Mr. Peter Heap (nephew), Mrs. John Pocock and Mr. Pocock (half-sister and brother-in-law), Mr. Henry Ellis (brother-in-law)., Mr. Charles Pettit, Thrapston, and Mr. Frank Harrison. Mr. Arthur Heap (brother), Sheffield, was unable to attend owing to illness.

Among others present were Captain P. Y. Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory), Mr. R. A. Winfield (Northampton Borough Engineer), Mr. F. H. Hawtin and Mr. L. G. Hawtin (representing the Master Builders' Association), Mr. F. H. Allen (representing the architects). Mr. and Mrs. H. Musk Beattie, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Watts, Mr. Clifford Towers, Mr. W. H. Fox, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Whiting, Mr. Leal, Mrs. King, Miss Revitt, Mr. R. Pell. Mr. and Mrs. C. Hardwick (Northampton). Mr. C. H. Cowley (Stony Stratford), Mr. G. Judkins (representing Mr. Bert Green), and the following employees: Messrs. L. W, Scott, A. E. Trindle, F. Franklin, H. Warringer, and F. Brawn. The wreaths included one from Mr. Heap’s employees.


Wolverton Express 13th December, 1935

A pretty wedding took place at St Peter’s Church, on Saturday, when Miss Mona Rigby Dorothy Clarke, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Clarke, of the New Buildings, was married to Mr. Spencer George Hickford, only son of Mr. Joseph Hickford, of Little Horwood, and formerly of Wolverton, and the late Mrs Hickford.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. H N C Hewson (Rector), and during the service Mr A. Johnson, of Stony Stratford, played suitable music at the organ.

The bride was gracefully attired in a floor length dress of ivory georgette and lace, with net veil embroidered with lovers’ knots in silk.  She wore a Juliet cap of pearls and orange blossom cluster, silk stockings, and court shoes.  Her bouquet was of white chrysanthemums, pink carnations, heather, and fern.  The chief bridesmaid, Miss Phyllis Nicholls, her cousin, was prettily dressed in pink crepe-de-chine, with wreath of pink and silver leaves for headdress, silver shoes, and pink lace mittens.  Her bouquet was of yellow chrysanthemums.  There were three young attendants - Miss Shirley Clarke, her cousin, and Ruby Wilmin, a friend, also Master Geoffrey Wilmin, who acted as page.  The two first named wore dresses of Marina green, with sashes and buckles, wreaths of green and pink rosebuds, silver shoes, and carrying Victorian posies of yellow chrysanthemums in silver holders.  The page was dressed in a white silk blouse, black velvet knickers, and black buckled shoes.  The bride was given away by her father, whist the duties of best man were discharged by Mr. Ernest Hillyer, a friend.  A reception was afterwards held at the New Schools, where seventy guests were entertained, and later the happy couple left for Coventry, the bride travelling in a brown coat, dress to tone, brown suede shoes, stockings, and gloves.  The two tier wedding cake was made by the bride’s aunt, Mrs. Preater, of stony Stratford.  And the reception Mr. Johnson played for dancing and games in the decorated schoolroom.  The bride’s bouquet was placed on her grandmother’s grave.  Mr. and Mrs. Hickford have been the recipients of about 75 handsome and useful presents including cheques, and a three piece suite, whilst several telegrams of congratulations were received.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 January 1936

COSGROVE

THE WOMENS INSTITUTE held their Christmas party on New Year’s Eve. Eighty members and friends were present. Miss Nichols was M.C. The programme included a song by Mrs. W. Clarke, recitations by Mrs. Hillyer, dances by Miss Ivy Tyrell, and a Christmas carol sung by Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. Gascoigne, and Mrs. Noble. Old-time and modern dances, games and competitions went with a swing. At 12 o’clock the company joined hands and sang the old year out with Auld Lang Syne. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. The refreshment arrangements were in the charge of Miss Marlow, assisted by the committee.


Wolverton Express 3rd January, 1936

Children entertained

Mrs. G H Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, with her unfailing generosity, gave the village children a very happy time on Christmas Eve when she entertained no fewer than 120 young people at the Hall.  The children were served with tea by members of the Hall Staff, and afterwards they were delighted with the entertainment provided by a London conjurer, and cabaret by the Stony Stratford Boy Scouts, some members of whom also gave a sketch “Taming a Lion”.  There were games and dances for the children, crackers were distributed, and party hats worn added to the merriment.  The centre of attraction for the children was a large Christmas tree laden with presents, one for each child.  The presents were taken from the tree by Mrs Winterbottom, who handed them to Mr. George Barker, who in the role of Santa Claus, made the distribution.  Assisting Mrs Winterbottom was her husband and the members of the house party included Baron Strebel (an Austrian General), Miss McGown, Mrs A H Habgood, Mrs. E D Lawrence, and Captain Grant Ives (Braddon).  The parents of the children deeply appreciate the kind thought Mrs. Winterbottom has shown for the wellbeing of the young people of the village.


Wolverton Express 10th January, 1936

An excellent result

As the result of a football benefit match held on Boxing Day on behalf of Mr. Tom Cummings, who has been ill for the past seven months, the sum of £24/10/0 was raised.  The match was organized by the Cosgrove St Peter’s FC, of which Mr. Cummings was at one time playing member, a member of the committee, and later trainer.  The game was between past members and present members of the club and ended in favour of the latter by 7 goals to 2.  Owing to the inclement weather of the day the attendance was somewhat affected, but tickets had been generously purchased before the day.  Mr. Cummings is grateful for the help he has thus received, and wishes to thank the members of the football club who organised the effort, those who participated in the game, and all kind friends who contributed to such a handsome sum.


Wolverton Express 10th January, 1936

Death of Mr. Edward Gee

Residents of Cosgrove, especially the older generation, learned with deep regret the passing of one who had lived among the M4 over 60 years in the person of Mr. Edward Gee.  He resided in Cosgrove up to two years ago, and then following the death of his wife he went to live with a daughter, Mrs. Baldwin, at his home at 10 King Edward Street, New Bradwell, he died on Tuesday, 31 December.  88 years of age, Mr. Gee was a retired railway man with a record of over 50 years’ service in the Wolverton Railway Carriage Works.  He started work at Wolverton as a young man and helped to build the Saw Mill in which department he was afterwards employed as a wood machinist.  Several years ago he was a member of the Cosgrove Parish Council.  He was laid to rest in the Cosgrove cemetery on Saturday, following a service in the Parish Church, conducted by the Rector, the Rev. H N C Hewson.  The family mourners present were Mr. Owen Gee, Wolverton, Mrs. Nicholls, Surrey, Mr. Walter Allen, Wolverton, Mrs Campion, Brighton, Mr. Oliver Gee, Wolverton, Mrs. Baldwin, New Bradwell (sons and daughters), Mr A. Nicholls, Mrs. Grace Gee, Mrs. W Gee, and Mrs. Oliver Gee )son in law and daughters in law).


Wolverton Express 17th January, 1936

Cosgrove Parish Church

The Jubilee Bell, the cost of which was in a large part defrayed by a successful garden fete held at Cosgrove Hall in August, has arrived, and is in the course of being placed into position in the belfry at the Parish Church.  The new bell will complete a peal of six.


Wolverton Express 17th January, 1936

School Prizegiving

Owing to the illness, prior to the Christmas holidays, of Mrs. Thacker, headmistress of the Cosgrove schools, the annual prize giving was postponed and took place on Friday last.  The proceedings commenced with country dancing by the older children, who had been trained by their mistress. Mrs. A. Andrews, presided at the pianoforte.  The managers present were Captain P Y Atkinson, Mister S. Williams, and Mr. A Childe, the first named presiding for the distribution of prizes made by Mrs. P Y Atkinson, who generously provided them.  Also present was Mrs. R Whiting, whose husband is also a manager.

The successful scholars were Seniors: R. Luton, K Bushell, E. Lambert, J. Whitaker, and J Holman; Juniors: E. Evans, N Crowder, F. Herbert, H Brown, and M. Markham; Infants: W Castle and R. Williams.  A special prize for perseverance was awarded to Jimmy Holman and was the gift of Mrs R Whiting.  This scholar, on behalf of his colleagues, made a happy little speech of thanks to Mrs Atkinson, whilst Mr. W Crowder and Mrs. Whittaker, in the name of the parents, expressed their appreciation to the school staff.  Then followed a most enjoyable entertainment.  The infants under the able tuition of their teacher, Miss Keveren, of Stony Stratford, gave great pleasure with songs, recitations, and concerted items.  A one act play, “The Arabian Ring”, was splendidly performed by the senior scholars and brought to a termination a most successful evening.  Mrs. Frank Hillyer voiced thanks to Miss Keveren for the manner in which she had trained the children.  A collection taken was on behalf of the children’s summer holiday.  Mrs. Thacker, headmistress, and Miss Keveren were heartily thanked by the managers and parents for organising the proceedings and cheers were given for them.  Mr. Crowder announced to the delight of the children that Captain and Mrs. Atkinson were making arrangements for the children to visit the Aldershot Tattoo this year.


Wolverton Express 17th January, 1936

Women’s Institute

Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute, when the election of Committee resulted as follows: Mrs. Atkinson (president), Mrs. Whiting (vice president and treasurer), Mr. Higgins (hon Secretary), Mesdames. G Brown, J. Clarke, W. Clarke, Heap, F Hillyer, Misses Hillyer, Marlow, and Nichols.  Three new members were enrolled.  A vote of thanks to the committee for their work at the Christmas party was proposed by Mrs M Jelley.  A most interesting talk on invalid cookery was given by Mrs. Leach, whilst in a mince pie competition the winner was Miss Marlow.  The social half hour was devoted to games and dancing and the tea hostesses were Mrs. W. Clarke and Mrs. F Hillyer.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 January 1936

COSGROVE

THE ANNUAL PRIZE-GIVING and concert took place at the Council School, on Friday. The prizes were the generous gift of Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson, wife of the chairman of managers, and were presented by her to the following scholars:

Seniors, R. Hooton, K. Bushell, E. Lambert, J. Whitaker and J. Holman.

Juniors, E. Evans, N. Crowder, F. Herbert, H. Brown, M. Markham;

Infants, W. Castle, K. Williams.

On behalf of his schoolfellows, James Holman made a happy little speech of thanks to Mrs. Atkinson, while Mr. W. Crowder and Mrs. Whitaker in the names of the parents expressed their appreciation. A most enjoyable entertainment was then given by the children, who had been well trained by Mrs. Thacker and her assistant. Miss Keverin. The songs, country dancing, recitations and concerted action items were all enthusiastically applauded. A one-act play, “The Arabian Ring,” performed by the senior boys and girls, brought a successful evening to a close.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 January 1936

The Council decided to make a closing order for a part of a building known as “Stable Rooms," at the Rectory, Cosgrove. The Sanitary Inspector described the premises as unfit for human habitation, and he said the conditions were “intolerable."


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 January 1936

ORDINARY SPEED

Captain Philip York Atkinson, Cosgrove Priory, pleaded guilty to driving a motorvan at a speed exceeding 30 m.p.h. He was fined £l.

Constable Mayes, of the Northamptonshire police patrol, said that Captain Atkinson’s speed was 35 to 45 m.p.h. When stopped, he said, “I can’t say what speed I was going. I didn’t realise I was going so fast.”

In an explanation to the Bench, Captain Atkinson said he was coming back from a County Council meeting and doing what he thought was an ordinary speed. It was a job to descend the Grafton hill without braking. At the bottom two cars passed him and then the policemen stopped him. He thought he was going an ordinary cruising speed. He had driven a car a number of years and he had never been summoned before.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 February 1936

COSGROVE

Mrs. G. Brown gave a demonstration at a meeting of Cosgrove W.I. on the making of white oils, and the social half hour consisted of charades and dancing. Mrs. Atkinson presided and Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer were the hostesses. Cosgrove W.I. held a social in the Old School, when about 90 were present, including visitors from Castlethorpe W.I. A sketch was performed by Miss Payne, Miss O. Eglesfield, Miss Nicholls, and Joan Higgins. Mrs. Hillyer recited and Mrs. C. R. Whiting and Mrs. Gascoigne sang. Highland dances were performed by Mrs. G. Brown and Mrs. W. Clarke. Miss Nicholls was M.C. and Mrs. Andrews was at the piano. Refreshments were served by the committee. Proceeds were in aid of funds for the electric light for the Old School.


Wolverton Express 28th February, 1936

Kean Going

Cosgrove proved a good opposition to Paulerspury and did well to bring the issue to a drawn game of three goals all.  Paulerspury lead off well and seemed destined to become the winners.  A good rally by Cosgrove placed matters on a better footing, and whilst both teams exerted for the issue, this was denied to them.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 March 1936

DEANSHANGER TOWER CEREMONY

THE IRON WORKS

A new system of water supply for the villages of Deanshanger, Old Stratford, and Cosgrove was inaugurated at Deanshanger yesterday. On the high ground north of Deanshanger a well with practically an inexhaustible supply was located, and over this an electric motor-pump has been installed to pump the water into a near-by tower of reinforced concrete, which has a capacity of 33,000 gallons. Deanshanger is a village where there are groups of houses and cottages, and one of these groups suffered in the shortage caused by the drought two years ago. Every part of the village will now share in the abundance of water, but two standpipes are being installed in Little London in place of the present force pumps, and another standpipe at Hayes will serve seven cottages.

The extension to Old Stratford will take the place of the present one which will serve as an emergency supply. Pipes cross the Watling Street to take the water to Cosgrove, where there are nine standpipes.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 March 1936

SCHEDULE

COSGROVE No. 1 CLEARANCE AREA.

4 Dwelling houses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate on Towcester Road, Old Stratford, in the parish of Cosgrove, of which the reputed owner is Mrs. L. Roberts of 75 Church Street, Wolverton, and the occupiers are J. Reynolds, W. Walker, L. Darby, and Mrs. Munday respectively.

COSGROVE No. 2 CLEARANCE AREA.

2 Dwelling houses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in High Street, Old Stratford in the parish of Cosgrove of which the reputed owner is J. T. Adams, Senr.. Firs Farm, Old Stratford, and the occupiers are J, Webster and J. Jones respectively.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 March 1936

COSGROVE

The monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women's Institute was held in the Old School, Mrs. Atkinson presiding. Mrs. Rudd, of Stony Stratford, gave a demonstration on Smocking, and judged the hyacinth bulb competition, which was won by Miss M. Hillyer. The hostesses were Mrs. G. Brown and Mrs. Beasley. Members received seed potatoes for the competition to be held in October.


Wolverton Express 13th March 1936

Death of Football Referee

Mr. C J Evans, Cosgrove

The funeral took place at Cosgrove on Tuesday of Mr. Cyril John Evans, who passed away at his residence, Bridge Road, Cosgrove, on Friday, 6th March.  He was but 35 years of age and his passing followed an illness of five months’ duration, during which time he had been unable to follow his employment as a coach bodymaker in the Wolverton LMS Railway Carriage and Wagon Works.  He was well known in the village by reason of his activities - a member of the school managers and his connexion with sport.  He was also well known over a wide area of South Northamptonshire and North Buckinghamshire by reason of being an active member of the North Buckinghamshire Referees’ Association for several years and officiating at local football games in the North Bucks League, County and Hospital Cup competitions, and these duties he only relinquished during the latter part of last season owing to reasons of ill health.  Much sympathy has been extended to his widow and two young daughters.

The first portion of the burial service in the SS Peter and Paul Church, Cosgrove, was conducted by the Rev. H N C Hewson (Rector) who also officiated at the graveside in the cemetery adjoining the church.  The family mourners present were Mrs. Evans (widow), Mr. and Mrs. J. Evans, Hanslope (father and mother), Mr P. Evans, Hanslope, Mr S. Evans, Northampton (brothers), Mrs. C. Herbert, New Bradwell, Mrs. Moore, Duston (sisters), Mr. T Jelley (father-in-law), Mrs S. Lucas, Stony Stratford (sister-in-law), Mr. A Smith, Mr. G Jelley, Oxford, Mr. A Jelley, Newport Pagnell, Mr E. Whitlock, Shutlanger (brothers in law), and Mr. W Wise, Wolverton (uncle).

Mr. R G Castle, Stony Stratford, represented the North Bucks Referees’ Association, and there were a number of friends and neighbours present in the church to pay their last respects.

Beautiful floral tributes bore the inscriptions: In loving memory, from his sorrowing wife and children; In ever loving memory, from his mother, father, and Arthur; In loving memory, from Bertha, Charlie, and the boys; With deepest sympathy, from Doris and Syd; In affectionate remembrance, from Beat, Harry, and Joyce; In memory of Cyril, from father-in-law, Mab, Alf, van and Howard; Deepest sympathy, from Uncle Jack and Aunt Bertha; Deepest sympathy, from Perce and daughters; In loving memory, from Arthur and Lucy; Deepest sympathy, from Harry, Sadie, and family; In loving memory of Cyril, from Lot and Stan; With deepest sympathy, from Bertha, Beat, and Gert; In loving memory, from George, May, and Lionel; Deepest sympathy, from the neighbours; A token of respect and remembrance, from his mates in the Body Shop, Wolverton Works; In loving memory, from Walt and Nancy; In loving memory, from Bill, Win, and little Billy; In loving memory, from Uncle and Aunt, Gladys, Clarence, and little Ronald; Deep sympathy, from Mim, Doll, and Olive; Deepest sympathy, from “Chirp”, Winn, and the children; deepest sympathy, from Ethel; deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Lovesey and family; Sincerest sympathy of a manager, from the teachers and scholars of Cosgrove Council schools; Deepest sympathy, from all the members of the North Bucks Referees’ Association.


Wolverton Express 20th March, 1936

Hospital meeting

The annual general meeting of the Cosgrove Hospital Week Fund was held on 11th March in the Mission Hall.  The weekly contribution scheme is the method of raising funds in this village and together with donations from the President and Vice Presidents the inhabitants have contributed the excellent net sum of £49 for the Northampton General Hospital. It was reported that during the year five in patient letters and twenty two outpatient letters were issued to residents.  A vote of thanks expressing appreciation of the Committee was voiced to the following collectors: Mesdames G Brown, T. Cummings, A Herbert, H Gascoyne, and G Noble.  A letter was read from Mr. C H Battle, Secretary of the Northampton Hospital Week Fund, acknowledging the above sum and expressing gratitude of the work done by the lady collectors and the committee and of the generous response to their efforts.  All the officers and members of the committee were re-elected for the ensuing year.


Wolverton Express 27th March, 1936

A whist drive was held in the old schools on Friday, 20th March, as a benefit for Mrs. C. Evans, and was well attended.  With contributions and prizes given for the above, it resulted in a grand total of £18 and Mrs. C. Evans wishes to thank the organizers and all kind friends who contributed to such a handsome sum.


Wolverton Express 27th March, 1936

The Grafton Hunt was entertained at Cosgrove Priory in wonderful weather by Captain and Mrs. P Y Atkinson and there was a large field.  Wicken Park Copse provided the first find, but there was no scent and nothing much could be done.  Next from Leckhampstead Wood, hounds ran to the Wakefield Wood and spent the rest of the day woodland hunting.


Wolverton Express 3rd April 1936

Cosgrove on Form

Cosgrove met Stratford Reserves in the Shield Competition, and finally won by the decisive score of eight goals to two.  In the first part of the game both sides battled well for the lead, this coming to Cosgrove, who led by two goals to one at the interval.  In the second half Cosgrove had much of the play and eventually outplayed their visitors.  Cosgrove now have to meet Paulerspury in the semi-final a week next Saturday, and this should be a fine match.


Wolverton Express 10th April, 1936

Hanslope win Section

Hanslope, by defeating Cosgrove, won their section of the league, and must be congratulated on the achievement.  As a team of they have played consistently throughout, and I was much impressed by their display only in the season, which seemed to establish them then as likely league leaders.  Cosgrove put up a splendid opposition, but Hanslope won by the odd goal in a fine encounter.


Wolverton Express 17th April, 1936

Cosgrove Shield Success

Cosgrove met Paulerspury in the Shield Competition this holiday-time and won the match by five goals to four.  Cosgrove played a wonderful first half and were leading by five clear goals.


Wolverton Express 17th April, 1936

Women’s Institute

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held at the Old School on Tuesday 7th April, Mrs. Atkinson, the president, being in the chair.  Mrs. Eglesfield was elected delegate to the Federation meeting in London, and Mrs. Nicholls kindly gave a demonstration on Passe Partout.  Mrs. G Brown won the prize for disguise which created a lot of amusement.  The social half hour took the form of games and dancing.  Mrs Lord and Mrs. Andrews were the hostesses.


Wolverton Express 15th May, 1936

Fire

Much excitement was caused by the appearance in the village shortly after two o’clock on Sunday afternoon of the Wolverton Works Fire Brigade.  The Brigade was answering the call to a fierce chimney fire at the home of Mr. George Ray, who lives at what is known to the villagers as the “New Buildings”.  Several persons assisted the occupier in removing furniture from the downstairs rooms and this allowed the firemen to work more easily.  Second Officer F Bates climbed to the top of the chimney stack and directed water into the chimney, the chimney pot being dislodged to facilitate the work.  The Brigade, which was under the command of Chief Officer H A Canvin, was able to leave the house after about one and a half hours.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 May 1936

COSGROVE

When the chimney of a house in New Buildings, Cosgrove, tenanted by Mr. George Ray, caught fire the Wolverton Works Fire Brigade turned out promptly and had to remove the top of the chimney to get the fire. After an hour’s work the Brigade returned. Little damage was done.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 May 1936

THE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE held a social in the old school. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. Miss Nicholls was M.C., and Mrs. J. Clark at the door. Mrs. G. Brown had charge of the refreshments, assisted the committee. A programme of old and new dancing was enjoyed. Proceeds to the electric light fund. At the monthly meeting in the old school, Mrs. Atkinson in the chair. Miss C. Clarke, of Northampton, gave a demonstration on cane seating. Mrs. Loughrey won the competition for the best-dressed clothes peg. Hostesses were Mrs. Childs and Mrs. J. Clark.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 May 1936

NO COUNCIL GRANT FOR
COSGROVE SCHEME

The Committee announced their refusal to vary the decision arrived to grant assistance under the Local Government Act, 1929, respect of the water supply scheme tor Cosgrove, Furtho, and Passenham.

The committee’s opinion was that the scheme should have been framed to qualify for assistance from the Ministry of Health under the Rural Water Supplies Act, 1934.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 May 1936

£17,778 ESTATE

BUT NO WILL

WELL-KNOWN NORTHANTS

CONTRACTOR

A large intestacy is revealed connection with the estate of Mr. George Bennet Heap, contractor, of the Little Manor, Cosgrove, and formerly of Northampton, who died on December 3 last, aged 51.
Mr. Heap left an estate of the gross value of £17,778 17s. 9d., with net personalty £5,947 4s. 7d.
He left no will, and letters of administration of his property have been granted to his widow, Mrs. Harriett Elizabeth Beatrice Heap, of the same address, and William Ewart Kingsley Watts, of St. Elmo, Abington Park-crescent, Northampton house furnisher.


Wolverton Express 5th June, 1936

The Women’s Institute held its monthly meeting on Tuesday and was well attended.  Mrs. Atkinson presided.  An excellent report of the Albert Hall meeting was read by Miss Eglesfield, the delegate.  Sweet making was demonstrated by Mrs. Whiting, the sweets being sampled and enjoyed by the members.  [The competition] For the best workman’s dinner not costing more than sixpence went to Mrs J. Clarke.  Mrs. Loughrey and Mrs. Williams were the tea hostesses.


Wolverton Express 19th June, 1936

A Cosgrove Bride

Miss Iris Lord

A pretty and interesting wedding took place on Saturday last at the Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul, Cosgrove, when Miss Iris Mary Lord, the elder daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. J E Lord, of Cosgrove, was married to Mr. Wilfred Walter Adams, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W J Adams of 15 Oxford Street, Wolverton.

The bridegroom, who is employed by Mr. E H Littledale at the Watling Street Garage, Stony Stratford, is a keen amateur photographer and a popular member of the Wolverton Photographic Society.

The ceremony was performed by the Rector, the Rev. H N C Hewson, in the presence of a number of relatives and friends of the happy couple.

The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr. H E Bine, was charmingly attired in an ankle length dress of white satin trimmed with seed pearls and orange blossom, with satin slippers to match and wearing veil and halo of orange blossom.  She carried a bouquet of red roses.

The two bridesmaids, Miss G Lord (sister of the bride) and Miss K Bine of London (cousin of the bride) were both attired in pretty ankle length dresses of turquoise blue georgette with shoes, mittens and haloes to match.  Their bouquets were of cream roses.  The duties of best man were carried out by Mr. K Lord, brother of the bride.

Immediate relatives attended the reception held at the bride’s home, and later in the day the newly-married couple left for their honeymoon at Colwyn Bay, North Wales.  Upon their return they will take up residence at “Bryn Buryn” at 22 Marina Drive, Wolverton.  They have been the recipients of many handsome and useful presents.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 June 1936

COSGROVE WEDDING

MR. W. W. ADAMS—MISS I. M. LORD

Mr. Wilfred Walter Adams, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Adams, of 15. Oxford-street. Wolverton, was married to Miss Iris Mary Lord, elder daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. J. E. Lord, of Cosgrove, at the ancient parish church at Cosgrove on Saturday. The Rev. H. N. C. Hewson (rector) officiated. The bride, who was given away by her uncle. Mr. H. S. Biss, of London, wore a white satin gown with white veil and halo of orange blossom, and satin slippers to match. She carried a bouquet of red roses. The two bridesmaids—-Miss G. Lord (sister) and Miss M. Bliss (cousin) were attired in turquoise blue georgette and carried bouquets of cream roses. Mr. K. Lord (brother of the bride) was best man. The honeymoon is being spent at Colwyn Bay and the bride travelled in a navy hat, coat and shoes to tone. The future home of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Adams will be Bryn Euryn, Marina-drive, Wolverton.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 July 1936

COSGROVE

The summer W.I. garden meeting was held in the grounds of Cosgrove Priory by permission of Captain and Mrs. Atkinson. Two hundred members from the eight Institutes in the group were present. Mrs. Watson gave a talk on “The home and its influence on the children.” Potterspury Institute gave an amusing sketch, and members from Old Stratford demonstrated the art of pipeplaying with pipes made by themselves. Cosgrove Institute was responsible for the tea. The evening programme consisted of musical items given by Towcester Institute.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 July 1936

BUCKS COLLECTION FOR N.U.R. FUND

The sum of £34 9s. 3½d. has been raised for the N.U.R. Widows and Orphans Fund by an envelope house-to-house collection in the towns and villages of North Bucks and the villages of Cosgrove. Deanshanger, and Potterspury, in South Northamptonshire. The arrangements were carried out by the committees of the Wolverton Nos. 1 and branches of the N.U.R.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 July 1936

COSGROVE MAN FINED

Henry Frederick Eglesfleld, of Bridge Row, Cosgrove, pleaded guilty at Leighton Buzzard on Wednesday, to driving at an excessive speed with a passenger vehicle on the Watling Street on June 14.

P.C Brunt said a patrol car followed the defendant’s bus for a mile, and the speed was from 35 to 40 m.p.h. Defendant said he thought it was taking it a bit fine, as his speed was “only a walking pace” over the speed limit, and he had always done his best to help the police. A fine of £1 was imposed.


Wolverton Express 17th July, 1936

Mr. Tom Cummings

Funeral at Cosgrove

The funeral took place at Cosgrove on Saturday last of a well-known and esteemed resident of the village in the person of Mr. Thomas Edward Cummings, who passed away on Tuesday, 7 July at his home at the comparatively early age of 37.

Mr. Cummings, who was a native of Flore, Northants, had resided in Cosgrove for a number of years.  His illness had extended for more than 12 months.

During the Great War he served abroad and was a prisoner of war in Germany for eight months.  Prior to, and after serving his country, he was employed in the paint department of the Railway Works at Wolverton.

Mr. Cummings had interested himself in the social life of the village and had been a playing member of the Cosgrove St Peter’s Football Club.  Of later years he had devoted his interest to the club’s management as a member of the committee.  He was also identified with the village Hospital Fund as a member of that committee.  Of a quiet but cheerful disposition he was always ready to assist in anything held in connection with the village and by this, won the respect of a wide circle of friends.

The first portion of the burial service in the SS Peter and Paul Church, where deceased was a regular worshipper, was conducted by the Rev. H N C Hewson (Rector), who also performed the last rites at the graveside in the cemetery adjoining the churchyard.  The coffin was borne to its last resting place by four members of the Football Club, Messrs. B Brown, A Tompkins, G Hickford, and S Bushell.

The family mourners present were Mrs. T. Cummings (widow), Mr H. Cummings (son), Mr. and Mrs. T. Cummings, Flore (father and mother), Mr T. Cummings, Great Linford (brother), Mrs S Smith, Flore, Mrs J Ford, Yelvertoft, Miss M. Cummings, and Miss D Cummings, Flore (sisters), Mrs. Swann and Mrs. Bazeley, Flore (aunts), Mr. A Noble, Mr. G Noble, Cosgrove, and Mr. J Swain, Yardley Gobion (brothers in law), Mr. and Mrs. E. Lucas, Wolverton (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. S Eglesfield (friend).  Mrs. G Brown represented the village Hospital Committee, and fellow workmates present were Mr E. Henson, Mr H. Wyatt, Mr. G Grace, and Mr. W Grace.

In addition to the many beautiful floral tributes from relatives and friends were tokens from the Hospital Committee, the Football Club, and fellow workmates in the paint shop, a Wolverton Railway Works.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 July 1936

FUNERAL OF MR. T. CUMMINGS

The funeral took place at Cosgrove on Saturday of Mr. Thomas Cummings, a well-known man in that district. The Rev H. N. C. Hewson officiated, and, the family mourners were: Mrs. Cummings (wife), Mr. Cummings (son), Mr. and Mrs. T. Cummings (parents), Mr. P. Cummings (brother), Mrs. S. A. Smith. Mrs. T. Ford, Miss M. Cummings, and Miss D. Cummings (sisters).

There were representatives from the L.M.S. Carriage Works at Wolverton, and the local football club, whose members were bearers.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 July 1936

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their July meeting in the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson presided, and expressed her regret that the meeting could not be held in the Priory garden, as previously arranged, owing to the heavy rain. Mrs. Knight gave a lecture on the care of the feet. Miss M. Hillyer won the competition for the best bunch of wild flowers. Mrs. Atkinson and Miss Payne were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 July 1936

From canal waters in the Cosgrove district, excellent catches of bream have been reported; fish up to 31bs. having been caught. Large breadcubes, paste, brandling worms, and maggots were the successful baits.


Wolverton Express 14th August, 1936

Presentations to Nurse Gibson

At Potterspury and Cosgrove

Appreciation of the services of Nurse Gibson to the Potterspury, Yardley Gobion, and Cosgrove Nursing Association over the past 5½ years and which terminate on the 17th of August, has been shown in presentations made to her at Potterspury and Cosgrove.

In the Church Room at Potterspury on Thursday, 6 August, between 50 and 60 residents assembled to bid farewell.  The gathering was presided over by the Rev. R N Beasley (vicar) supported by his brother, Canon Beasley, of Yardley Gobion.

On behalf of the village residents, who subscribed towards the gift, Mrs late Peter handed in her skates and a gold nurses’ watch, a purse containing surplus cash, and an album which contained all the names of those who have generously contributed. 

A further gift to the form of a writing case, which Mrs. Leach, of Yardley Gobion, presented to the nurse from the Potterspury Infant Welfare Centre.

Nurse Gibson suitably acknowledged that token of esteem.  During her term of duty at Potterspury Nurse Gibson was a favourite with both old and young alike, taking a keen interest in her work and she also devoted a considerable amount of time to the Infant Welfare Centre.

Following the presentations the gathering was entertained to tea by Nurse Gibson, and the function terminated with good wishes being extended to the nurse in her new appointment as a midwife at the Queen’s Institute for Nurses, Northampton.

At Cosgrove on Thursday (yesterday) afternoon, in the Old Schools, Mrs. P Y Atkinson, of the Priory, entertained to tea members of the village Nursing Association.  Nurse Gibson was also invited and the opportunity was taken to acknowledge her services to the village and the gift of a cheque was handed to her.  The gift was generously subscribed to by members, the collectors being Mesdames Holman, G Brown, Herbert, Gascoyne, and Davis.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 August 1936

STONY STRATFORD ANGLERS

The annual fishing competition of the Stony Stratford branch of the British Legion, in the Grand Union Canal waters at Old Wolverton, attracted 76 competitors. The winner was Mr. Lavington, Cosgrove, with a perch weighing 1 lb. 4½ozs, which also secured the specimen prize. Mr. B. Tolley, Deanshanger, was second with 1 lb. 1oz., Mr. J. Tolley, Wolverton, third with 11 ozs., and the fourth prize was divided between A. Bryant, jun., Preston Bissett, and H. Ridgway, Deanshanger, 8½ozs. Each.


Wolverton Express 4th September, 1936

Wolverton Express 4th September, 1936

Monster fete at Cosgrove Hall

On behalf of the funds of the Women’s Section, Stony Stratford branch, British Legion, a monster fete is being held in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall tomorrow (Saturday), through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom.  The Legion officials, led by Mrs A H Habgood (Hon Secretary), with the ever ready help of Mrs Winterbottom, have arranged a host of attractive amusements which include a ladies’ football match between Stony Stratford and Wolverton; a two hour performance by Volpres world famous pony and dog circus; a concert by the Keynotes Concert Party, which includes the following artists: Olive Starmer, LRAM, (soprano), Vera Pettit (danseuse), Norton Wilward (BBC entertainer), Marion Brown (soubrette), Stewart Norman (baritone), John Cockle (solo pianist and accompanist), and Sidney Burdett (magician and ventriloquist); also an entertainment by a well-known London comedian.

A display will be given by Lady Penrhyn’s Scouts.  The lawn will be fully illuminated by electric lights from dusk until midnight for dancing to the Frivolities Dance Orchestra.  The United Counties Omnibus Company will run a special service of buses to Cosgrove, times of which can be found in our advertisement columns.  All visitors to Cosgrove Hall can be assured of a very pleasurable time, especially if the weather continues as kind as it has been of recent weeks.


Wolverton Express 4th September 1936

The Women’s Institute meeting was held in the Old School, Cosgrove, on Tuesday evening last.  The President being absent, Mrs M Jelley took the chair.  Bottling fruit and jam making was demonstrated by Mrs. Downing, which proved very interesting.  The prize for the best pot of jam went to Mrs G Hickford.  Mrs. B Brown and Mrs. H Castle were the tea hostesses.


Wolverton Express 11th September 1936

British Legion Fete at Cosgrove Hall

Marred by Rain

Reina, although welcomed by many people last week, came as a great disappointment to those workers who had prepared for a monster fete on Saturday last at Cosgrove.  Had the weather continued to be as it had been for the few weeks previous, one of the most successful fetes in the neighbourhood this year would certainly have resulted, for a very ambitious programme had been arranged to provide for an enjoyable afternoon and evening.

The extensive and well-appointed grounds of Cosgrove Hall, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom, had been generously placed at the disposal of the Women’s Section of the Stony Stratford branch of the British Legion, and both Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom gave wholehearted work to the effort that was to have benefited the Women’s Section funds.  In spite of the showers of rain which fell at intervals, the programme was carried through and no fewer than 500 people attended, a number which it is anticipated would have been more than doubled had the weather been more favourable for outdoor functions.  Those who did attend found much pleasure in the round of the entertainment that had been provided for them.

The opening ceremony

The opening ceremony, in the early afternoon, was performed from the entrance to the Conservatory.  On the platform weere Mrs. D Knibbe, chairman of the Women’s Section of the Legion, who welcomed the gathering, Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom, Mrs. A H Habgood (hon Secretary), Mrs S F Markham (section president), Captain Logan and Major Van Der Bye, of Wappenham.  The latter, in declaring the fete opened paid tribute to the wonderful work carried out by the Legion.

A comprehensive vote of thanks to Major Van Der Bye, and to the host and hostess, was voiced by Mrs. Habgood, who after expressing thanks for the kind use of the beautiful grounds, referred to the activities of the Stony Stratford Women’s Section, which sent several donations last year to deserving objects.  A posy of pink carnations was handed to Mrs Winterbottom by Madeleine Lawrence, the little daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E D Lawrence, of Stony Stratford.

Ladies’ Football Match

Mrs SF Markham was in charge of the Stony Stratford lady footballers, who were given the name of “Canaries” by Mr. Winterbottom by reason of the coloured jerseys they wore.  A Stony Stratford team was opposed to a Wolverton team and registered their first win.  The result was the odd goal of five in their favour and their goals were scored by Eileen Evans, Doris Pacey, and Marion Freestone.

Those responsible for the football arrangements were: Mr. and Mrs. P Gammage, Messrs.  R Brown, F Browning, G Hickford, A Tite, G Rollings.  Mrs. A Smith and Mrs. G Freestone acted as trainers.  After the match the girls of both teams were entertained to tea by Mrs Winterbottom, who was presented with two dolls dressed in the Legion colours of blue and gold by Peggy Pallett and Flora Atkins.  The dolls were given by Mrs Bushell, of Cosgrove.

Pony and dog circus

A pony and dog circus of international repute gave a very entertaining two hours performance.  The wonderful intelligence displayed by the animals amazed the audience.  One member of the audience when asked to call the number gave 13, one of the ponies struck a board with its forelegs the correct number of times.  The tricks performed by the animals were exceedingly clever but they were cute enough not to do too many tricks and less they received their full quota of nobs of sugar.

Sideshows and stalls

Between the showers the sideshows and stalls were well patronised and those in charge were: Mrs. Winterbottom (useful articles), Mr. A Tite and Mr. W Mackerness (spinning Jenny), Mrs. A Gamble and Mrs. R. Holden (fancy articles), Mr A. Nicholls and Mr. A Kightley (ringing the beer bottle), Mrs. E Downing and Mrs. P Russel (dice bowling), Mr. H D G Butler and Mr. P N D Butler (hoop la), Mrs. H. Parker and Mr. W R V Russell (race game), Mr A. Jackson and Mr. H J Clarke (darts).  Ices were sold by Messrs. Clarke’s Stores, of Stony Stratford, who gave a donation towards the fund, Mrs. W Mackerness and Mr. G W Mackerness (cakes and sweets).

A Cake making Competition

A cake making competition was well supported, there being no fewer than 50 cakes entered, which were all given for sale after having been judged.  Mrs. W Mackerness superintended this section and the judges were Mr T. Hazeltine, Stony Stratford, and Mr. Norman, Cosgrove, and made the following awards:

1 Mrs W Goodman (King Street), 2 Mrs. H C Kentish (Wolverton Road), 3 Mrs. F Smith (King Street).  Ample provision was made so that no shortage would be experienced in catering for teas and the following ladies were responsible: Mesdames D Knibbs, F Young, and Phillips (convenors), A R Castle, E Downing, H. Parker, and Miss Maguire (Stony Stratford), Mesdames Williams, T. Cummings, Evans and Gascoyne (Cosgrove).  In charge of the copper were Messrs. A Gamble, H Smith, and P Swain.  Buttonholes, flowers for which were given by Mrs Bushell, were sold by Miss Rose Hooton and Miss Kath Bushell.

Fancy dress

A fancy dress competition was held, those in costume being judged by the popular vote of the audience.  The cash prizes were generously given by Mrs Winterbottom.

Awards: young children, 1 Sam Rudd (Red Indian), 2 Shirley Oldham (Soldier), consolation Tony Bryant (Abyssinian).

Elder children 1 Sylvia Noble (Lavender girl), 2 Kathleen Parker (Legion poppy), consolation prizes were given to Mrs. Clarke (news vendor) and Mrs. Brown (Charlie Chaplin).

Scouts display and concert

Members of the Wicken (Lady Penrhyn’s own) Boy Scouts gave a gymnastic display on the lawn under the direction of the Rev. H P Hoskin.  A programme by the Keynotes Concert party which included BBC artists was given from the platform erected near the Conservatory and the items were most enjoyable.  A special number in the programme was the singing by Mrs Winterbottom of “Smiling Through” and who upon being heartily cheered gave “For you alone”.  A performance was also given by a well-known London comedian. 

Unfortunately the rain soaked and did not allow of dancing on the lawn in the evening hours.  For this part of the programme the lawn had been floodlit by four large arc lamps.  This work was carried out under the supervision of Mr. C G Durrant, of Messrs. Caves and Co, Stony Stratford, who was also responsible for floodlighting the drive.  A number of young people did, however, dance in the field adjoining the lawn, the music being provided by the Frivolities Dance Orchestra.

The workers

The workers were many and were ably and enthusiastically led by Mrs A H Habgood, who was determined to make the best of the weather conditions.  They were indeed grateful that they were able to carry on with the fete but it was somewhat disheartening that a full return was not possible after the many hours of work putting in preparation for the function.  Mrs Winterbottom was very active in her help and was also responsible for the attendance of a number of visitors from a distance who were generous in their support.  Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom were also responsible for the presence of the concert party and for the floodlighting of the grounds a dusk.

The majority of the workers have already been named in this report, but there were also Messrs. G J Turner (Stony Stratford), A Tack, G. Williams, F Hall, A. Childs, and T Jelley whose duties at gatekeepers were none the less responsible.  Other helpers whose names may have inadvertently been omitted can be assured that their services were equally appreciated by the organizers.

Mrs. P Gammage realized 28s in an individual effort in connection with the football match.  Mrs. Joan Davis and Betsy Young managed the sale of a basket of fruit.

Mr. W H Haslam of the Westminster Bank, Stony Stratford branch, was Treasurer for the day.

Mrs. Habgood wishes to thank all who gave assistance, with special thanks to the Cosgrove helpers.

Gross takings

The gross takings of the fete amounted to approximately £260 and some of the individual items of income were: takings on the gate and tickets sold before the day, 13/9/10; Mrs Winterbottom’s stall £71/11; teas £5; hoop la £1/0/7; circus £3/11/2½; collection at scout display 16/11; Fancy stall £2/1/10; darts £1/5/6; race game 19/-; ringing the beer bottles £1/19/6; cake stall £1/17/7½; sweets £1 2/11½; concert collection £1/8/5½; donations £310/0.

After expenses have been met it is anticipated that a sum in the vicinity of £25 will be the net proceeds.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 September 1936

LEGION FUNDS
BENEFIT
SUCCESSFUL FETE AT
COSGROVE HALL

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

Heavy showers interfered with enjoyment of a garden fete held at Cosgrove Hall on Saturday by the women’s branch of the Stony Stratford British Legion. Besides lending the beautiful grounds, which were illuminated at dusk, Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom presided at one of the chief stalls and also contributed to the concert programme.
The opening ceremony was performed by Major Van Der Byl. of Wappenham, and thanks to Mrs. Winterbottom were expressed by Mrs. A. H. Habgood of Calverton House, Stony Stratford, and a posy was presented to her by little Madeline Lawrence.

A women’s football match between Stony Stratford and Wolverton gave the former their first victory by three goals to two, the scorers being Eileen Evans, Doris Pacey and Marion Freestone. Mrs. S. F. Markham was in charge, assisted by Mr. G. Hickford.

A fancy dress competition for prizes given by Mrs. Winterbottom resulted:

Children, 1 Sam Ruff (Hanslope), 2 Shirley Oldham, consolation Tony Rudd (Stony Stratford): adults. 1 Sylvia Noble. 2 Kathleen Barker, consolation Mrs. Clarke and Mrs. Brown

A cake competition, organised by Mrs. W. Mackerness and judged by Mr. T. Haseldine (Stony Stratford) and Mr. Norman (Cosgrove), attracted 50 entries, and resulted: 1 Mrs. W. Goodman, 2 Mrs. H. Kentish, 3 Mrs. F. Smith.

Stalls and sideshows were in the charge of the following; Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom. Mr. A. Tite, Mr. W. Mackerness. Mrs. A. Gamble, Mrs. R. Holden, Mr. A. Nicholls. Mr. A. Knightley, Mrs. E. Downing, Mrs. P. Russell, Messrs. H. D. G. and N. D. Butler, A. Jackson. H. J. Clarke, Mrs. H. Parker, and Mr. W. R. V. Russell; tea buffet, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. F. Young. Mrs. D. Knibbs. Mrs. R. Castle, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. T. Cummings, Mr. Evan, Mrs. Gascoyne, and Miss Maquire; buttonholes, Misses Ross, Hooton, and Kath Bushell.

A gymnastic display was given by the Wicken (Lady Penryhn’s Own) Scouts, entertainments by a concert party and a pony and dog show, and selections by a dance band. Owing to the wet state of the grass dancing on the lawn was abandoned. The gross takings amounted to about £60.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 September 1936

ATTRACTIVE New Houses. Sale or Let, at Cosgrove. E.L., water, h. and c.

Apply Rectory, Cosgrove.


Wolverton Express 18th September, 1936

Legion Fete at Cosgrove Hall

Grants to Local Organisations

In spite of the rain, which interfered with the British Legion fete held on Saturday, 5th September, at Cosgrove Hall, the Stony Stratford Women’s Section are in the happy position of being able to report a profit therefrom of £28.  At a meeting held last week at which the balance sheet was presented it was decided to make the following grants from this amount: £5.00 to the Men’s Section Stony Stratford British Legion; £4/4/0 to Mrs Winterbottom, in whose grounds the fete was held, towards entertaining the Cosgrove children to a Christmas party; 25s to the Stony Stratford Boy Scouts for the loan of tents etc; 5s to Mr. A Tack for the Cosgrove Hospital fund, and 10/6 to Wicken (Lady Penrhyn’s Own) Scouts.  There remains a balance of about £18 for the funds of Stony Stratford Women’s Section.  Since the donations were made £2/2/0 has generously been returned from Mrs Winterbottom to whom the section is very grateful.


Wolverton Express 18th September, 1936

Cosgrove Score Seven

Cosgrove sprang a surprise on Wolverton Juniors by defeating them 7 - 4.  At the beginning the Juniors looked like having a runaway game, for they netted three goals in quick succession.  Cosgrove, however, were not deterred by this lead, and gradually scored goals until they got the lead.  Owens, Wolverton Juniors’ goalkeeper, was playing his farewell game with the team, prior to enlistment in the Navy.


Wolverton Express 25th September, 1936

A Cosgrove Possession Case

Mrs. G H Winterbottom, Cosgrove Hall, sought possession of a cottage from Edward Stuart.  Mr. H A G Durbridge (Messrs. Garrard and Allen, Olney) appeared for applicant, and explains that the cottage was requiredfor the occupation of a chauffeur so that he could live on the estate, whereas at present he resided in the village.  Defendant had known that the cottage was required since January last, and alternative accommodation was now offered him in the same village.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 September 1936

POSSESSION ORDER

Mr. H. A. G. Durbridge (Messrs. Garrard and Allen. Olney) represented Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, in an application for the possession of a cottage from E. A. Stewart.

Mr. Durbridge explained that the cottage was required for the occupation of a chauffeur. Alternative accommodation in the village was offered. Mrs. Winterbottom explained the terms on which the cottage was let, and said that the alternative cottage was let at the same rent. Stewart objected to the other cottage offered him.

The Bench made an order for possession in 21 days, with the proviso that the alternative cottage should be available, providing Stewart could not find anything better.

On the Bench were Mr. S. P. Jones (chairman), Mr. H. T. F. Weston (vicechairman) and Mr. C. P. Woollard.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 October 1936

COSGROVE WI

The monthly meeting was held on Tuesday, Mrs. Whiting presiding. Mr. H. J. Wyles gave a most interesting lecture on Gardening, and also judged the potato competition, of which Miss Payne was the winner with 33lbs grown from three seed potatoes. For the best quality Mrs. Atkinson secured a prize, and Mrs. Tuck won the prize for the heaviest potato, which weighed well over 1lb. The social half-hour consisted of games and dancing. The hostesses were Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. and Miss Heap.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 October 1936

COSGROVE

Cosgrove Women's Institute held a successful social in the Old School. The company enjoyed games, and old and modern dances. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano, and Miss Nicholls was M.C. The committee were in charge of refreshments, and Mrs. J. Clarke was at the door. The proceeds were for the County Federation of the Women’s Institutes.


Wolverton Express 30th October, 1936

Cosgrove in Form

Cosgrove were inform against Potterspury Crusaders and won by seven goals to two.  Cosgrove forwards were persistent in their attacks on the Crusaders’ goal, and although Potterspury’s defence made strong efforts they were unable to cope with them.


Wolverton Express 6th November, 1936

Richard Knibbs, farmer, manor farm, Cosgrove, was summoned for keeping one dog over the age of six months without a licence.  The defendant, who appeared, pleaded not guilty, but guilty to not having taken out an exemption for a sheepdog.  Defendant, who was ordered to paid 4s costs, said he remembered sending for an exemption at the beginning of the year, but had overlooked that he had not received it.


Wolverton Express 13th November, 1936

Wolverton Juniors win at Cosgrove

At Cosgrove on Saturday, the Juniors succeeded in reversing the result of the previous encounter at Wolverton, winning a hard game by 3 goals to 1.  The exchanges for some time were even and it was during the absence of the home left half who retired for “repairs” to an injured knee, that the Juniors took the lead through Frisby, who shot a beautiful goal from a centre from Woodward.  This lead was held until the interval.

Resuming at full strength, Cosgrove attacked, and Herbert went very close.  Afterwards the Juniors again took up the running and further goals came from Morley and Mead.  A regrettable incident occurred shortly afterwards resulting in one of the Cosgrove men getting “marching orders”.

Despite being one man short, the home team managed to reduce the lead when Herbert slipped Eaton, who had played a fine defensive game all through and scored, making a final score of 3 - 1 in the Juniors favour, a result which on the run of the play they deserved.

The Juniors played well together although there was still a tendency to attempt to beat too many players.  Much better performances will be obtained when individual work becomes less and team and combination work more prominent.  Chamberlain was the better of two quite good backs.  Jones was an outstanding half back.  Eaton “shadowed” the Cosgrove centre forward most successfully, whilst Russell played his usual sound game.  Forward, the inside men, Frisby, Mead, and Morley, were the pick.  Coxhill was usually safe in goal.


Wolverton Express 13th November, 1936

Cosgrove [Poppy Collection]

Here again a record was established.  Mrs. P Y Atkinson was again the organiser of this year’s effort, which resulted in the sum of £4/12/6.  Her collectors were Miss Eglesfield, Miss K Bushell, and Miss E. Evans.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 November 1936

COSGROVE

At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute. Mrs. Atkinson presided. The monthly letter w as read and discussed. Mrs. Clement Jones, of Crick, gave talk on institutes and their work. She also gave some good ideas for the 1937 programme. The competition, “Peeling a potato blindfolded.” proved very amusing, and was won by Mrs. H. Barby. The social half-hour was spent in dancing. The hostesses were Mrs. Bushell and Mrs. Gascoigne.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 November 1936

COSGROVE

A SOCIAL given by the Cosgrove Womens Institute was attended by a good company, including 24 guests from Hanslope W.I. The programme consisted of games, old and modern dances, a sketch “The Lady Magistrate,” given by Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. J. Clarke, Miss Nicholls, Miss O. Eglesfield, Mrs. W. Clarke, Miss Joan Higgins, and Louis Hill, and duologue. Washing Day,” was performed by Mrs. Lovesey and Miss O. Eglesfield.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 November 1936

POPPY DAY RECORDS IN NORTH BUCKS

£93 COLLECTED AT WOLVERTON

Record sales of poppies were made at Wolverton and New Bradwell. Miss Luck organised the Wolverton collection which amounted to £90 3s. 7d, about £8 higher than last year. With the collection at the West-end Methodist Church the total reached £93 16s. 3d. At New Bradwell, including the receipts from Old Bradwell, the total was £37 2s. 7d. Mrs. A. Bardell organised the collection. Collections at the Methodist Church and St. Lawrence’s and a donation brought the total to £40 16s. At Hanslope the collection was a record one--£10 9s. 5d. Mr. S. W. Flatten made the arrangements. With the church collection the total was £13 17s. 8d. The Potterspury collection was also a record —£12 12s. 3d. Members of the British Legion carried out the arrangements. Cosgrove also set up a record with a total of £4 12s. 6d. Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory) organised the collection.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 November 1936

COSGROVE

A whist drive, arranged by the Women’s Institute, was held in the Old School on Friday. The prize-winners were Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. H. Smith and Mrs. G. Brown, Mr. G. Horne, Mr. A Castle, and Mr. J. Castle. Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer had charge of the refreshments, assisted by members of the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 November 1936

Cosgrove Broadwater is reported to have fished well lately. Several good Pike have been caught, in addition to roach and perch. Bream feed well during winter in these waters, and large fish have often been caught, particularly during February.


Wolverton Express 30th October, 1936

Cosgrove in Form

Cosgrove were inform against Potterspury Crusaders and won by seven goals to two.  Cosgrove forwards were persistent in their attacks on the Crusaders’ goal, and although Potterspury’s defence made strong efforts they were unable to cope with them.

Wolverton Express 6th November, 1936

Richard Knibbs, farmer, manor farm, Cosgrove, was summoned for keeping one dog over the age of six months without a licence.  The defendant, who appeared, pleaded not guilty, but guilty to not having taken out an exemption for a sheepdog.  Defendant, who was ordered to paid 4s costs, said he remembered sending for an exemption at the beginning of the year, but had overlooked that he had not received it.


Wolverton Express 13th November, 1936

Wolverton Juniors win at Cosgrove

At Cosgrove on Saturday, the Juniors succeeded in reversing the result of the previous encounter at Wolverton, winning a hard game by 3 goals to 1.  The exchanges for some time were even and it was during the absence of the home left half who retired for “repairs” to an injured knee, that the Juniors took the lead through Frisby, who shot a beautiful goal from a centre from Woodward.  This lead was held until the interval.

Resuming at full strength, Cosgrove attacked, and Herbert went very close.  Afterwards the Juniors again took up the running and further goals came from Morley and Mead.  A regrettable incident occurred shortly afterwards resulting in one of the Cosgrove men getting “marching orders”.

Despite being one man short, the home team managed to reduce the lead when Herbert slipped Eaton, who had played a fine defensive game all through and scored, making a final score of 3 - 1 in the Juniors favour, a result which on the run of the play they deserved.

The Juniors played well together although there was still a tendency to attempt to beat too many players.  Much better performances will be obtained when individual work becomes less and team and combination work more prominent.  Chamberlain was the better of two quite good backs.  Jones was an outstanding half back.  Eaton “shadowed” the Cosgrove centre forward most successfully, whilst Russell played his usual sound game.  Forward, the inside men, Frisby, Mead, and Morley, were the pick.  Coxhill was usually safe in goal.


Wolverton Express 13th November, 1936

Cosgrove [Poppy Collection]

Here again a record was established.  Mrs. P Y Atkinson was again the organiser of this year’s effort, which resulted in the sum of £4/12/6.  Her collectors were Miss Eglesfield, Miss K Bushell, and Miss E. Evans.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 December 1936

COSGROVE

THE ANNUAL MEETING of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the old school. The ballot for the 1937 committee resulted: Mrs. Atkinson, Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. G. Brown, Mrs. Heap. Miss Nicholls, Miss Payne, and Miss Joan Higgins. Mrs. Atkinson (president) thanked the committee for their work during 1936, and Mrs. Whiting (vice-president and treasurer), who had given a satisfactory report. The social half-hour was spent in games and dancing. The competition for the best article made for 6d was won by Miss Nicholls. The hostesses were Miss Nicholls and Miss Joan Higgins.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 December 1936

TOWPATH MAINTENANCE

A letter was read from the Grand Union Canal Co. suggesting that the Council pay an annual acknowledgment and maintain the towing-path between Old Wolverton Bridge and Cosgrove Lock in a better state than is necessary for the purposes of the Canal Co. It was pointed out that as the towpath is not a public highway and part of the length mentioned is outside the urban district, the suggestion could not be entertained.

Mr. Brown said what they were concerned with was the improvement of the approach to the towpath at Old Wolverton.

The Clerk (Mr. B. J. Cussons): They have promised to do that.


Northampton Mercury - Wednesday 23 December 1936

COSGROVE

Prize-winners at a whist drive organised by the Women’s Institute were Miss Nicholls, Miss G. Ford, Mrs. H. Smith. Mr. W. Swain, Mr. C. Hill and Mr. D. Hillyer. Mr. R. Toombs was M.C. Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer served refreshments.


Wolverton Express 25th December, 1936

A whist drive was held on Friday evening last by the Cosgrove Women’s Institute in the Old Schools, and the prize winners were: ladies, 1 Miss Nichols, 2 Miss Lord, 3 Mrs. H Smith; gentlemen, 1 Mr. Swain, 2 Mr. C Hill, 3 Mr. R Hillyer.  Mr. R Toombs was the MC. Refreshments were served by Miss Hillyer and Miss Marlow.


Wolverton Express 1st January, 1937

Visit of Trained pack of Sealyhams

On Thursday, 7th of January, Lord Lucas’s trained pack of Sealyhams, the only pack of its kind in the world, are to visit Cosgrove Hall, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. GH Winterbottom, who invite any person interested to come and see the dogs at work.  The pack will commence work at 2 o’clock.


Wolverton Express 1st January, 1937

Children’s Treat

On Saturday, 9 January, Mrs Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, is again to give the children of the village a treat, which will this year take the form of a visit to Bertram Mills’s famous circus at Olympia.


Wolverton Express 8th January, 1937

A Keen Draw

The meeting of Cosgrove and Wolverton Congs Reserves produced a keen game.  Both teams played well and Cosgrove were particularly good in the first half of the match, holding their lead at the interval by two goals to one.  In the second half the Congs rallied and finally brought the encounter to a drawn game of three goals all.  Herbert played a good game for Cosgrove, netting two of their goals, whilst Day placed the other shot in for Cosgrove.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 January 1937

COURSING AT COSGROVE

LORD LUCAS’S PACK OF SEALYHAMS

A pack of trained Sealyhams, the first of its kind, was brought to Cosgrove Hall yesterday by Lord Lucas. In all, there were about 40 couples, and a large field turned out with the Master.

Cosgrove Spinney was first drawn, and the pack quickly found. In all, six rabbits were account for. A hare was also put up, but evaded its pursuers. The Master and whippers-in were in uniform, and a basset hound, the father of the pack, was prominent in the lead.

Amongst those out, many of whom brought parties, were Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, Lord Hillingdon, Dr. and Mrs. Habgood, Dr. and Mrs. E. D. Lawrence, Mr and Mrs. R. D. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, Captain and the Hon. Mrs. Close-Smith. Mrs. Paton, Mr. Philpotts, Mr. J. Weston, Captain Grant-Ives, Miss Van der Byl, Mr. Robert Ashley and Mrs. Loftus.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 January 1937

COSGROVE HALL
BALL

ATTENDED BY 120

GUESTS

A ball, at Cosgrove Hall, was attended by 120, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom. A cabaret show was provided by artists from Northampton. Among the party were their Highnesses Prince and Princess Galitzine, Lord Lucas M. le Chat, Captain Sykes, Dr. and Mrs. Habgood, Dr. and Mrs. E. D. Lawrence, Captain Hutton Captain and Mrs. Loftus.

Dancing was kept up from 8.30 until 2.30 a.m. During an interval, Mrs. Winterbottom sang.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 January 1937

COSGROVE

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their party on New Year’s Eve. About 100 were present, and a most enjoyable time was spent. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano, and Miss Nicholls was M.C. Mrs. Barr and Mrs. Foddy, members the Old Stratford Institute, gave a humorous sketch, and Mrs. Barr’s singing was much appreciated. There was a fancy dress parade, in which the prize-winners were Miss Payne and Mrs. Loughrey. At midnight the company joined hands and sang “ Auld Lang Syne.” Refreshments served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 January 1937

WANTED. Man to help milk and general farm work.

Cottage on farm.—Higgins, Cosgrove. Stony Stratford.


Wolverton Express 15th January, 1937

Visit to Olympia Circus

On Saturday last the first choir outing in connection with the SS Peter and Paul Church, Cosgrove, took place, when a party numbering twenty visited Bertram Mills’s Circus at Olympia.  Leaving Cosgrove by Eglesfield’s Radio luxury coach at about 11.15 the party was in good time for the commencement of the afternoon performance, which lasted nearly two and a half hours and was thoroughly enjoyed.  Tea was partaken in the Olympia grounds and among those present then was Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, who had generously made the outing possible.  Mr C. Compton, the church organist, of Wolverton, had the supervision of the outing.  The return journey to Cosgrove was made in the evening.


Wolverton Express 15th January, 1937

Staff Ball

A Jolly Evening at Cosgrove Hall

Social functions, in the organization of which Mrs Mr. and Mrs. GH Winterbottom are associated, can always be relied upon to be of an enjoyable nature, and the Cosgrove Hall Staff Ball held on Wednesday, 6th January, was no exception.  There was not a dull moment during the whole of the six hours’ entertainment.  Each year an immediately after Christmas, Mrs Winterbottom allows her staff had the privilege of inviting friends to the Ball, and together with members of the house party a large gathering is always present.  On his last occasion the company numbered about one hundred and Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom’s guests included Lord Lucas, Prince L Galitzine, Prince Nicholas, Prince Yurka, Monsieur Le Chat (a Belgian artist), Dr. and Mrs. A H Habgood, and Dr. and Mrs. E D Lawrence, Stony Stratford, Captain B Hudson, and Captain Sykes.

The spacious room at the hall, in which dancing and entertainment was enjoyed, presented a pleasing appearance with its gay streamer declarations that converged from the walls to a brilliantly illuminated chandelier.

Dancing formed the major portion of the entertainment, music being rendered in a happy manner by Billy Hames’s Band from Northampton, and interspersing were cleverly executed exhibitions of tap dancing by a 13 year old Northampton girl, June Lowden, whilst that well-known Northampton magician, Archie Tear, kept his audience interested in his sleight of hand manipulation of a pack of cards and also many other remarkable tricks.  Mr. F G Bavey, of Wolverton, contributed monologues.

By the request of numerous visitors Mrs Winterbottom rendered the several vocal solos, and these were given in a most pleasing manner.  Midway through the proceedings the company had yearned for refreshment.  Provided for the visitors were a variety of delicacies and sweets, many having been prepared by the house staff, he also waited upon their guests.  Reassembling for dancing, several old time favourites, including the Roger de Coverley, the Valeta, and the Lancers sent the programme away again with a merry swing.

The time for dispersal - it had turned 2 am - came all too soon for the visitors, but not before thanks had been voiced to Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom for their most generous hospitality.  Cheers endorsed these sentiments.

Two circles were formed for the finale, “Auld Lang Syne”.  Mr. F G Bavey took several photographs of the company.


Wolverton Express 15th January, 1937

Coursing at Cosgrove

Lord Lucas’s Pack of Sealyhams

A packet of train Sealyhams, the first of its kind, was brought to Cosgrove hall on Thursday by lord Lucass.  In all, there were about 40 couples, and a large field turned out with the master.  Cosgrove Spinney was first drawn, and the pack quickly found.  In all six rabbits were accounted for.  The hare at was also put up, but evaded its pursuers.  The Master and whippers-in were in uniform, and a Basset hound, the father of the pack, was prominent in the lead.

Amongst those out, many of whom brought parties, were Mr. and Mrs. GH Winterbottom, Lord Hillingdon, Dr. and Mrs. Habgood, Dr. and Mrs. E D Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. R D Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. J E Whiting, Captain and the hon. Mrs. Close Smith, Mrs. Paton, Mr. Philpott, Mr J. Weston, Captain Grant Ives, Miss Van der Byl, Mr. Robert Ashley, and Mrs. Loftus.


Wolverton Express 15th January, 1937

Wolverton Angler’s Remarkable Catch

Whilst fishing in the river Ouse at the Iron Trunk on Saturday last, Mr. W Smith, of 18 Victoria Street, had a remarkable catch.  He was fishing for pike with a gudgeon.  Receiving a bite, he struck his fish and was amazed to find upon landing his catch that he had secured two fish, one a pike 18 ½ inches long and the other a perch 9 to 10 inches long, the latter being fixed head foremost in the jaws of the pike.  It is thought that both fish went for the bait at the same time, as it is recognised among anglers that pike do not usually make perch their victims owing to their prickly backs.  Photographs have been taken of the remarkable catch.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 January 1937

COSGROVE

IN THE PRESTON II. Deanery Magazine is recorded that “Cosgrove church and parish are fortunate in having the powerful help of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall. Mrs. Winterbottom has made the church, with the help Mr. Winterbottom and friends, to have that new energy and progress which have been absent for many a long day. The sixth bell to be dedicated is in great measure the result of their efforts.”


Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 January 1937

THE NEW LIST

In accordance with the resolution passed by the Council at the meeting on December 15. the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. H. Roger) selected list of 200 houses from the list of 697 previously scheduled by him as being unfit for human habitation, which he considered to be in urgent need of review by the Minister of Health with a view to their immediate clearance and replacement.

The following is a summary of recommendations;—

No in original list of unfit houses 

No in New list of unfit houses

Abthorpe

23

12

Blakesley

20

8

Blisworth

40

0

Cosgrove

54

20

Grafton Regis

19

10

Lichborough

35

13

Maidford

32

13

Paulerspury

68

20

Potterspury

86

0

Shutlanger

38

9

Slapton

13

9

Stoke Bruerne

27

16

Tiffield

11

0

Towcester

62

0

Wappenham

25

8

Weston and Weedon

33

18

Whittlebury

34

11

Wicken

12

12

Woodend

9

3

Yardley Gobion

56

18

Totals ....

697

200

Rev. J. Willis stressed the necessity of getting a move on with the housing. “There are people living in conditions that are intolerable,” he said.


Wolverton Express 15th January, 1937


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 January 1937

COSGROVE

Cosgrove Women’s Institute was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson. Madame Knight gave a lecture and demonstration on “Care of the Hair.” The exhibition of old photographs of members caused amusement. Mrs. Atkinson distributed material from the Personal Service League, which is to be made into garments by members and sent to the distressed areas. Mrs. W. Clarke was hostess.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 January 1937

COSGROVE

The Women’s Institute held a whist drive in the Old School. The prizewinners were: Mrs. F. Williams, Miss Payne, and Miss Joan Higgins; Mr. C. Hill. Mr. H. Cummings, and Mr. G. Horne. Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer served refreshments.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 January 1937

ATTRACTIVE NEW HOUSE FOR SALE.

£500. OR LET 11/6 PER WEEK.

5 Rooms, Bath (h. and c.). Electric Light, Main Water,

Apply.— HEWSON, RECTORY, COSGROVE, NORTHANTS


Wolverton Express 29th January, 1937

Cosgrove’s Jubilee Bell

Dedicated by Bishop of Peterborough

The peal of bells in the tower of SS Peter and Paul church, Cosgrove, has been enriched by the addition of a new bell making a peal of six.  The New Bell was installed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary and this was dedicated on Sunday, 17th January, by the Lord Bishop of Peterborough Dr. Claude Blagden in the presence of a large congregation.  For this unique occasion the church was crowded with people and many had to remain standing throughout the service.

The major portion of the money for the purchase of a new bell was raised from a fete held in Cosgrove Hall grounds, organized by Mrs. GH Winterbottom, and her husband, who have sponsored efforts for the village church and have been most generous helpers and workers.  This fete held in August of 1935 supplemented a house to house collection and so completed the fund, which totalled close upon £100.

Preceding the service, the bugle band of the Stony Stratford Group of Boy Scouts, with members of the group under GSM T Dicks, formed up in the centre of the village and played en route to the church.

The service was conducted by the Rector (the Rev. H N C Hewson) and there were present, in addition to the Bishop, the Rev. Kenworthy Browne RD, Paulerspury; the Rev. H P Hoskin, Wicken; Canon H G Beasley, Grafton Regis; and the Rev. R N Beasley, Potterspury.

Lessons were arranged by the rural Dean, and the singing was led by the church choir, which was augmented by the following Stony Stratford choristers Messrs. P Phillpotts, G Webb (senior and junior), A. Webb and A Giles.

The ceremony are dedication took place beneath the tower at the church porch, by the Bishop, who was accompanied by the robed clergy and churchwardens (Mr. C R Whiting and Captain P Y Atkinson), and following the dedication, the new treble bell was tolled and then the first full peal on the six bells was rung by the village band - Messrs. E. Lambert (conductor), L. Lambert, E J. Lambert, J. Higgins, E. Tustain, and H. Cummings.

The service concluded with the singing of the national anthem.  An offertory taken was on behalf of the new Bell Rope fund.  In the congregation were Mr. and Mrs. G. Winterbottom.


Wolverton Express 29th January, 1937

Funeral of Mr. Mark Beasley

The funeral took place on 23 January at Cosgrove of Mr. Mark Beasley, who passed away on the previous Tuesday at the Northampton General Hospital after a long illness.  He was 65 years of age and recently ceased his employment in the Wolverton Railway Works in the Powerhouse after lengthy service there.  The funeral service was conducted by the Rector the Rev. H N C Hewson, in the Parish Church and in the churchyard adjoining.  The mourners present were Mrs. M. Beasley (widow), Mr. Cyril Beasley (son), Mr. and Mrs. W N Russell (son in law and daughter), Master Gerald Beasley (grandson), Mr. J Beasley (brother), Mr. and Mrs. J. Clayton (nephew and niece), Mr. and Mrs. J. Nicholls (brother and sister in law), and Mrs. A Tompkins.  Representing his shop-mates of the Wolverton Railway Works were Messrs. J Brooks, H Saunders, F G Bavey, and C. Todd.

Many beautiful wreaths and floral tokens received including the following: From his broken-hearted wife, Ruth; Cyril, Lillian, and family: Ida, Norman, and family; brother John and Eliza; Jim, Arthur, and May and family; Mr. and Mrs. Russell and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. Tompkins and Gerald; C and A Monk; Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson; Mr. and Mrs. Carter; May: Mrs. Clark and Mona; Mrs Tompkins and friends (Wolverton); Mr. and Mrs. Bushell, Winifred, Laurie, and Beatrice; Bert and Elsie Tack; Mr. and Mrs. Noble; Mr. and Mrs. Ray; Mr. and Mrs. Castle; Mr. and Mrs. Hillyer; Toddles and family; Mr. and Mrs. H. Saunders; Mr. and Mrs. F G Bavey Wolverton; and from Mark’s shop-mates of the Electric Power Plant.


Wolverton Express 5th February, 1937

Cosgrove on Form

Cosgrove after a long absence from league football resumed on Saturday.  Meeting Wolverton Congs reserves they defeated them by two goals to nil.  Ratcliffe was the outstanding player for Cosgrove and netted to their two goals.  And the interval Cosgrove led by one goal.  In the second half they proved a good opposition to the Congs who were unable to penetrate Cosgrove’s defence.


Wolverton Express 5th February, 1937

Women’s Institute

A pleasant evening was spent in the Old Schools, on Tuesday, by members of the Women’s Institute and friends when a film taken by the exhibitor, Captain McDonald, of scenes in the African jungle and sheep farming in Australia, was shown.  An amusing competition was that of sketching their President.  There was some good sketching displayed by members.  That he hostesses were Miss Hillyer and Miss Marlow.


Wolverton Express 12th February, 1937

Cosgrove Net Nine Goals

Cosgrove netted nine goals, Paulerspury obtaining three.  Finer forward line work was a feature from Cosgrove and their defence also kept Paulerspury well at bay.  At the interval the visitors led by four goals to one.  A. Tompkins, a veteran player as far as North Bucks football is concerned, netted three goals.  Herbert also completed a hat trick, whilst all the forwards had a hand in the goal getting.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 February 1937

REMOVAL PROTEST

Mr. T. Thornton protested against people cleared from houses at the Black Horse-yard, Old Stratford, being asked to live at Deanshanger. Twelve houses had been demolished at Old Stratford and only six had been allotted to them. It is against all reason to force people to go and live in another village two miles further from their work, against their wishes, especially when they had lived at Old Stratford all their lives,” said Mr. Thornton. This proposal is adhered to it is most likely that two men will be thrown out of work through the scheme being proceeded with.”

The chairman asked Mr. Thornton if he would be satisfied to leave the matter with the housing committee, which would bring the matter before the Ministry. He suggested that permission might be asked for six extra houses being built at Old Stratford, and not built elsewhere.

It was reported that the Ministry of Health was gravely concerned at the council’s decision not to proceed further in the matter of improving the water supplies In the parishes of Silverstone, Pattishall. Shutlanger, Whittlebury, Woodend. Grafton Regis, Wappenham, and Weston and Weedon, and again reminded the council of the obligations imposed by the Public Health (Water) Act, 1878 to see that every occupied dwelling house within their district had, within a reasonable distance, an available supply of wholesome water sufficient for the consumption and use for domestic purposes of the inmates of the house.

The Minister requested that the matter should again receive the consideration of the council. It was decided that the Minister should be informed that, having regard to the financial resources and the rateable capacity of the parishes concerned, the council could not see their way to incur the expense of installing water supply schemes in these parishes.

A combined scheme, estimated to cost £8,799 for sewage disposal for the parishes of Cosgrove, Furtho, and Passenham was approved.

Those present were: Mr. H. T. F. Weston (chairman), Mrs. Clinch, Rev. C. E Green, Rev. J. Willis, Messrs. J. H. Hindes, T. S. Messinger, G. E. Bonsor, P. Campion. T. Wilson, W. Perry, A. Boot. J. T. Pinkard. R. Davy, W. Douglas, C. B. Kirk, W. T. Whitehead, J. Jenkinson, W. H. Marlow, H. M. Newitt, T. F. Kingston, T. White, T. Thornton, W. N. Montgomery. R. L C. Ridgway, W. J. Frost. H. C. Swain. S. North, J. R. Marchant, F. Snelson, and C. S. Brown.


Wolverton Express 19th February, 1937

Cosgrove Make a Bold Bid

Cosgrove made a bold bid for the points at Stony Stratford and were successful by 5-2. The first half produced even play, both sides scoring twice.  In the second half Cosgrove went ahead, Herbert claiming his hat-trick.  Day and Ratcliff were Cosgrove’s other scorers.


Wolverton Express 26th February, 1937

Fancy Dress Dance

A most successful fancy dress dance was held in the council schools on 19th February, organized by Mr. and Mrs. W Crowder for funds in aid of Northampton County Cricket Club.  A good company enjoyed dancing from 8pm to 1am.  Music was supplied by Bert Tompkins’s Metro Dance Band.  During the evening the fancy dresses, which included many beautiful and original costumes, were judged by Mr. and Mrs. P Y Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Williams (Wicken), and Mrs. E. Thacker.  The prizes, kindly provided by Mrs. P Y Atkinson, Mrs. H. Winterbottom, and Mrs M Whiting, F Canvin, and M Jelley, were awarded to the following successful competitors:

Mrs. Dowing, Miss E. Nicholls, Mr J. Higgins, and Mr. Ellis.  Mrs. P Y Atkinson very gracefully presented the prizes.  Mr. W Crowder, in his speech, heartily thanking her, referred to the ever ready help which Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson were always so willing to extend to the village.  The school was tastefully decorated with cricket colours by Miss E. Nichols.  The splendid sum of £4 4s 0d will be forwarded to the Cricket Club.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 February 1937

COSGROVE

The Cosgrove Women’s Institute held a social in the old school. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. A sketch, “The Leg of Mutton” was given the following members: Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Lovesey, Miss Payne, Miss Nicholls, Miss D. Eglesfield, Miss A. Noble, Miss Joan Whittaker, Miss Joan Higgins, and Louis Hill. Refreshments were served by the committee.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 March 1937

COSGROVE

A FANCY DRESS DANCE, organised by Mr. and Mrs. W. Crowder, in aid of Northampton County Cricket Club, was held in Cosgrove Council Schools. The fancy dresses were judged by Mr. and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Williams (Wicken), and Mrs. E. M. Thacker, and prizes given by Mrs. P, Y. Atkinson, Mrs. H. Winterbottom, and Messrs. R. Whiting, F. Canvin and M. Jelley, were awarded to Mrs. Downing. Miss E. Nichols, Miss J. Higgins, and Mr. Ellis, and presented by Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson. The school was decorated with the cricket club colours by Miss £. Nichols. The sum of £4 4s will be forwarded to the cricket club.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 March 1937

COSGROVE

At Cosgrove Women’s Institute’s monthly meeting Miss Lees gave a demonstration on knitting. The competition for four lines of verse about the Women’s Institute was won by Mrs. Hillyer. Mrs. Evans and Miss O. Eglesfield were the hostesses. The social half hour was spent in community singing. Three new members were enrolled.


Wolverton Express 5th March, 1937

Women’s Institute

The monthly meeting of the women’s institute was held in the old schools on Tuesday, Mrs. Atkinson presiding.  The monthly letter was discussed.  Miss Higgins Secretary was elected delegates to the NFWI meeting on 2 June.  Anything demonstration was given by Mr. Li’s, of Leicester.  Mrs. Hillyer at one 1st prize for the best for line verse about the women’s institute and her contribution was as follows:

“It’s a tonic to tired to mothers,

Teaches us to use up the scraps and bits,

To help them to think of others,

Educates, brightens, uplifts.”

During the social half hour community singing was enjoyed.  The refreshment hostesses were Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Eglesfield.


Wolverton Express12th March, 1937

Variety Concert at Cosgrove

Residents of Cosgrove on Friday were afforded the opportunity of witnessing a first-class variety entertainment in the schools, and at the conclusion of the three hour programme many of the crowded audience expressed their delight.

The concert was generously organised by Mrs. G H Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, on behalf of the Coronation Fund for the village, and she spared no effort in order to ensure a successful result for the fund and also an enjoyable evening for the village residents.  While she herself defrayed all the expenses she was also instrumental in obtaining the support of many of her friends who attended.  Visitors were also present from Stony Stratford.

Orchestral selections were provided by Billy Hames and his Band, a Northampton combination, whilst vocal solos were rendered in pleasing manner by Master Bernard Appleton, of Wolverton, Mrs. G H Winterbottom, and Captain S. Trevor, of Emberton.  The last two named also appeared in a sketch, and Captain Trevor and Mr. Erich Kitchener provided much amusement in a musical dialogue.  Stony Stratford friends contributed a humorous sketches, “Neighbours of Gooseberry Court”, those taking part being Mrs E Young, Mrs W Mackerness, and Miss E Young.  Humorous numbers were given by Mr. Clarence Mann, of Olney, together with Mr. Eric Kitchener with songs at the piano.  Eileen Brickwood, of Wolverton, gave much delight in a song and dance, whilst Miss Catherine Thompson, of Wolverton, and Miss Isabella Beattie cleverly executed ballet and toe dances. A musical sketch of a Wild West scene in which Mrs Winterbottom was assisted by Messrs. C Harmstone, W Gascoyne, E. Lambert, and G. Ellis was excellently received.

Captain Hyde Upward, of Sherington compered the programme.

Towards the close of the evening Mr. B Noble, Secretary of the Coronation Committee, voiced thanks to Mrs Winterbottom for her kindness.

A handsome bouquet of pink carnations, provided by Mrs. A H Habgood of Stony Stratford, was handed to Mrs Winterbottom by Miss Beattie.

Refreshments were served by Mrs. R Bushell and Miss R Hootton, and programmes were sold by Mrs. A Smith and Mrs. G Freestone, assisted by members of the Stony Stratford British Legion Women’s Section.

The piano was kindly lent by Mr. Ben Kightley, whilst chairs were loaned by Mrs. Bushell, Mrs. Monk, and Mr. G Brown.

Assisting in the preliminary arrangements were the following members of the village Coronation Festivities Committee, together with friends: Messrs. C R Whiting (chairman), F. Tustain, E Hillyer, R Brown, H. Ratcliffe, G Hickford, J. Clarke, A Kightley, and H. Herbert, Masters Howard Smith, D Freestone, and members of the staff at Cosgrove Hall.

The electric lighting effects were by the staff of Messrs.  H H Lampitt, Stratford Road, Wolverton.

A further concert is being promoted by Mrs Winterbottom and will probably be held at Stony Stratford, and it is hoped by this that it will be possible to raise sufficient money so that it will not be necessary for our rate to be levied to assist in the Cosgrove Coronation festivities.  Over £30 was raised by Friday’s concert.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 March 1937

Dr Roger reported that he had selected 239 houses from the list of 697 which he had previously schedules as being unfit for human habitation and which he considered to be in urgent need of review by the Minister of Health with a view to their immediate clearance and replacement.

TO BE DEMOLISHED Following is a summary of the recommendations

original number

new number

Abthorpe,

23

12

Blakesley

20

8

Blisworth

40

10

Cosgrove

54

28

Grafton Regis

19

10

Litchborough

35

13

Maidford

32

13

Paulerspury

68

30

Potterspury

86

nil

Shutlanger

38

9

Slapton

13

9

Stoke Bruerne

27

16

Tiffield

11

nil

Towcester

62

11

Wappenham

25

8

Weston Weedon

33

18

Whittlebury

34

11

Wicken

12

12

Woodend

9

3

Yardley Gobion

66

18

The report of the Housing Committee was adopted. The finance committee reported that the total estimated capital expenditure in connection with the erection of 334 new dwelling houses was £111,564.


Wolverton Express19th March, 1937

Cosgrove Continue to Win

Cosgrove continue winning.  Last Saturday they entertain Stratford sports reserves and won by 6-2.  Cosgrove played well in the first half, scoring four goals without reply.  Stratford settled down better in the second half, but Cosgrove were a safe side.  Herbert scored four of the goals for Cosgrove, and goals were also scored for them by Tompkins and Wilkinson.


Wolverton Express 29th March, 1937

Stoney Stratford Petty Sessions

Northants cases to be transferred

A “Farewell”

…..  The standing joint committee of the Northamptonshire have now decided that the home of their cases - the Northamptonshire cases - shall be taken in Northamptonshire.  So this day is the last time that they would have any cases from that county at that court and it only remained for them to say goodbye to Supt. Norris and his staff.  Both Superintendent Norris and other superintendents that had been to Stony Stratford from a neighbouring county, and the Bench, had always got on very well together.

……  Superintendent E Callaway, on behalf of the Bucks police, said they were very sorry to lose their Northamptonshire friends.  Although they would not be with them in the court they would be with them in co-operation and he hoped the same spirit that existed for so many years would continue right through the years of the police force.

The chairman remarked that any cases from Northants that were adjourned that day would of course be dealt with at Stony Stratford at a later date.

…….  The transferance referred to means that all offences that take place in the parishes of Old Stratford, Passenham, Cosgrove, Furtho, Yardley Gobion, Potterspury, etc., will be dealt with in a Northamptonshire court, most probably at Towcester.


Wolverton Express 2nd April, 1937

Miss L F Hall (Cosgrove) – Mr. R W Longman (Winchester)

At the Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul, Cosgrove, on Saturday last a pretty wedding took place, when the bride was Miss Lily Frances Hall, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F Hall, of Council Houses, Cosgrove, who was married to Mr. Richard Wallace Longman, eldest son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Longman, of Little Someborne, Winchester, Hampshire.  The rector, the Rev. HNC Hewson, perform to the ceremony.  The service was choral and Mr C. Compton, who presided at the organ, played for the hymn “Lead us Heavenly Father” and also rendered the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.

The bride wore a classical gown of ivory satin, a tulle veil lent by her friend (Mrs G Hickford), held in position by a coronet of orange blossom.  She carried a bouquet of red carnations and wore a gold and crystal necklet, a gift of the bridegroom.

There were three bridesmaids: Miss Florence Hall, sister of the bride, Miss Ada Longman, sister of the bridegroom, and Miss Olive Eglesfield, a friend of the bride.  The two elder bridesmaids wore dresses of pink floral georgette trimmed with organdie sashes, with headdresses of pink and silver leaves, and wore initial bracelets, gifts of the bridegroom.  The younger maid was attired in a dress of pink taffeta with pink headdress and wearing a gold bangle, the gift of the bridesmaids.  The two elder maids each carried a bouquet of pink carnations and the younger maid a posy of mixed flowers.

The bride was given away by her father and the duties of best man were discharged by Mr. A F Beauchamp, a friend of the bridegroom.

A reception at the bride’s home was attended by between 30 and 40 guests, and later in the day the happy couple left for London, the bride travelling in a navy coat and hat, rust dress trimmed with gold roses.

The presents, numbering about sixty, included a cheque from Sir Fred and Lady Bathurst, by whom the bride had been employed for six years.


Wolverton Express 9th April, 1937

Women’s Institute

The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute was held in the Old Schools, Mrs. Atkinson presiding. An interesting demonstration on Stamen Jewellery was given by Mrs. Nicholls.  Prizewinners for bulbs were Mrs J. Clarke for best Hyacinth and Mrs. G Brown for best Narcissi.  Community singing and dancing where enjoyed during the social half hour, Mrs Andrews being accompanist.  Refreshments hostesses were Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Noble.


Wolverton Express 16th April, 1937

Shared points

Cosgrove and Hanslope shared points in a drawn game of two goals each last Saturday.  Cosgrove included three reserves in their team.  They, however, were good substitutes and the side worked well to hold Hanslope forwards in the first half.  Tompkins opened and the scoring with a fine goal and later Wilkinson also netted.  Hanslope, however, reduced the lead with a well-planned goal, the interval score being two goals to one.  In the second half Hanslope pressed well and equalised up matters in a good combined team effort.  Play was always interesting.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 April 1937

STONY STRATFORD SUPER-CONCERT EFFORT FOR COSGROVE CORONATION FUND

In her costume as a woman of the early Victorian era. Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, was the central figure at what was described as a super-concert at the Regent Hall, Stony Stratford. She had arranged a programme full of colour and pleasing music which delighted a large audience. She also took part in a number of the items. The musical sketches were very popular. Included in them was a number of the latest songs and dances. Mrs. Winterbottom was supported in these by Mr. Ray Jones (Wolverton), Mr. Eric D. Kitchener (Olney), also in Victorian dress; Mr. L. Bushell, Mr. Glyn Ellis, Mr. C. Harmstone, Mr. E. Lambert and others. Bunny Rowlands appeared twice in song and dance, accompanied by his father, Mr. R. G. Austin (Newport Pagnell); dances were given by little Isobelle Beattie, and Mr. Kitchener also gave songs at the piano and with Mr. C. R. Mann, of Olney, entertained with character sketches. A local dance band supplied music. Prince Galitzine, in his role as compere, told some racy anecdotes between the turns, and presented Mrs. Winterbottom with a bouquet of red carnations. A bouquet of daffodils was also handed to her by a niece of the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson, rector of Cosgrove. Assistance was given Mrs. D. Freestone and Mrs. A. Smith as curtain attendants, and the stewards were Messrs. E. Hillyer, P. Tustain and B. Kightley. Chocolates were sold by Mrs. A. H. Habgood (Calverton House) and Mrs. E. D. Lawrence. The whole of the proceeds were for Cosgrove Coronation fund.


Wolverton Express 23rd April, 1937

Cosgrove and Old Stratford

P C Gambell

will sell by auction on Tuesday, 27 April, 1937, at 6.00, exact time:

By direction of Mr. F Hewson:

Manor Farm Cosgrove

115 acres of Keeping and Mowing Grass up to 1st November, 1937

Catalogue
Lot   A   R P
1 Brown Moor   12 3 33
2 Dipping Tub Field 11 1 18
3 Shepherd’s Close 14 3 23
24 1 11
4 The Meadows 33 2 31
5 ditto 41 2 24

By direction of Mr. J B Whiting:

Home Farm Old Stratford

31 acres of Keeping and Mowing Grass up to 1st November, 1937

Lot A. R. P.
6 Cross Path 6 0 0
7 Home Field 7 0 0
The Meadows 28 1 0 35 1 0

No bulls or horses to be grazed. Credit will be given on the usual conditions.

The company will please meet the auctioneer t the gateway to the field on the Stony Stratford - Cosgrove Road at 6 o’clock.  Auction offices, Newport Pagnell and Olney.


Wolverton Express 23rd April, 1937

A whist drive was held in the old schools by the Cosgrove Women’s Institute, Mr. Toombs being MC.  The prize winners were: ladies, 1 Mrs Crowder, 2 Mrs. Priestley, highest half Mrs J. Clarke, lowest score Mrs. G Brown; gentleman, 1 Mr. Crowder, 2 Mrs. Nicholls, highest half Mr. Gallop, lowest score Mr. T Kightley.  Refreshments were served by Miss Hillyer and Miss Marlow.


Wolverton Express 30th April, 1937

Cosgrove Take Two Points from Yardley

Cosgrove are the only side to take two points from Yardley Gobion this season.  In a midweek game last week they forced a draw of one all.  Chapman netted Cosgrove’s goal with a well-placed effort.  The fine performance of Cosgrove was due largely to the fine leadership of Albert Tompkins whose ability needs no embellishment here.  On two occasions Cosgrove have taken one point from their near neighbours.  This must be regarded as a good achievement.


Wolverton Express 7th May, 1937

Women’s Institute Plant Coronation Tree

The monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson and a demonstration was given on “Milk cookery” by Miss Haslam.  A competition for the best baked custard was won by Miss Payne.  During the social half hour members planted a Coronation tree in the grounds of Captain and Mrs. Atkinson.  The tree was given by Mrs. Whiting.  Each member made a short speech while planting the tree, and finally the National Anthem was sung.  Refreshments hostesses were Mrs. R Brown and Mrs. H Castle.


Wolverton Express 7th May, 1937

Coronation

As a result of two variety concerts organized by Mrs. G H Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, on behalf of the village Coronation celebration fund, the excellent sum of £25 has been received by the committee.  The total cash at their disposal is £68, which sum will enable the residents to be given an enjoyable time.


Wolverton Express 7th May, 1937

LEGAL AND OFFICAL.
TOWCESTER RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL
Advertisement of the making of Clearance Orders

HOUSING ACT, 1936.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rural District Council of Towcester in pursuance of their powers under Section 26 of the Housing Act, 1936 on the 4th day of May, 1937 made Clearance Orders which are about to be submitted for the confirmation by the Minister of Health ordering the demolition of the buildings described in the Schedule hereunder and their vacation within the period respectively specified in the Order.
Copies of the Order and the Map of the Clearance Areas have been deposited at the Council Offices, Town Hall, Towcester and may be seen at all reasonable hours.

COSGROVE No. 3 CLEARANCE AREA

2 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at The Green, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which owner is A. F. Jelley, The Brewery, Cosgrove aforesaid and now or formerly in the respective occupations of C. King and Mrs. S. Stewart.

COSGROVE No. 4 CLEARANCE AREA

7 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at The Green, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which owner is Hedley J. Clarke of 43, Bletchley Road, Bletchley in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the respective occupations of S. Williams, G. Williams, A. Childs, Mrs. J. Giles, A. Tack, E. Stewart and R. Davies.

COSGROVE No. 5 CLEARANCE AREA

3 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at New Buildings, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which owner is Rev. W. Meadows, of 104, Elliscombe Road, Charlton, and now or formerly in the respective occupations of A. Smith, F. Tack and R. Brown.

COSGROVE No. 6 CLEARANCE AREA

4 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which owner is Parish Council of Cosgrove aforesaid and now or formerly in the respective occupations of F. Hillyer (Junior), T. Jelley, G. Key, and F. Hillyer (Senior).

1 Dwellinghouse together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which owner is Miss D. Ingram, of 129 Newport Road, New Bradwell in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the respective occupation of W. Gallop. (Ref. Nos. )

1 Dwellinghouse together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street, Cosgrove aforesaid and known as "Woodbine Cottage" of which the owner is Hedley J. Clarke of 43 Bletchley Road, Blethcley in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the respective occupation of E. Barby (Ref Nos. )

5 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Aqueduct, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which owner is A. E. Higgs of "Westgate" 17 Blenheim Avenue, Stony Stratford in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the respective occupations of O. Clarke, B. Keech, R. Ealey, Mrs. Lilian Eves and A. Hinton. (Ref. Nos. )

COSGROVE No. 7 CLEARANCE AREA

3 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Canal, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which owner is Mrs. C. Gosling, of 1E. Buxton Road, Stratford, London E. 15 and now or formerly in the respective occupations of J. Horne, F. Williams and Mrs Mary Brown.

COSGROVE No. 8 CLEARANCE AREA

2 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Canal, Cosgrove aforesaid in the County of Northampton, of which owner is Parish Council of Cosgrove aforesaid od which the owners are Messrs. Brown and Barwell of Half-way House, Kingsthorpe, in the Borough of Northampton and now or formerly in the respective occupations of A. Loughery and S. Bushell.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 May 1937

The Making of Clearance Orders Housing Act 1936

Cosgrove no 3 Clearance area

2 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at The Green Cosgrove in the County of Northampton of which the owner is A. F. Jelley The Brewery Cosgrove aforesaid and now or formerly in the respective occupations of M. C. King and Mrs. S. Stewart.

Cosgrove no 4 Clearance area

7 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at The Green Cosgrove in the County of Northampton of which the owner is Hedley J. Clarke of 43, Bletchley Road, Bletchley in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the respective occupations of S. Williams, G. Williams, A Childs, Mrs G. Giles, S.A. Tack, E Stewart and R. Davies.

Cosgrove no 5 Clearance area

3 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at New Buildings Cosgrove in the County of Northampton of which the owner is the Rev W. W. Meadows of 114 Elliscombe Road Charlton and now or formerly in the respective occupations of A. Smith, F. Tack and R. Brown.

Cosgrove no 6 Clearance area

4 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street Cosgrove in the County of Northampton of which the owner is the Parish Council of Cosgrove aforesaid and now or formerly in the respective occupations of F. Hillyer jun, T. Jelley, G. Key and F. Hillyer sen

1 Dwellinghouse together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street, Cosgrove aforesaid of which the owner is Miss D. Ingram, of 129 Newport Road, New Bradwell in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the occupation of W. Gallop.

1 Dwellinghouse together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street, Cosgrove aforesaid, and known as “Woodbine Cottage” of which the owner is Hedley J. Clarke of 43, Bletchley Road, Bletchley in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the occupation of E. Barby.

5 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings an appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Aqueduct, Cosgrove aforesaid of which the owner is A. E. Higgs of Westgate, 17, Blenheim Avenue, Stony Stratford in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the respective occupations of O. Clarke, B. Keech, R. Ealey, Mrs. Lilian Eves and A. Hinton.

COSGROVE No. 7 CLEARANCE AREA.

3 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Canal, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which the owner is Mrs. C. Gosling of 18. Buxton Road, Stratford. London, E. 15 and now or formerly in the respective occupations of J. Horne, F. Williams and Mrs. Mary Hillyer.

Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Canal, Cosgrove aforesaid of which the owners are Messrs. Brown and Barwell of Halfway House, Kingsthorpe, in the County Borough of Northampton and now or formerly in the respective occupations of A. Loughery and S. Bushell.


Wolverton Express May 21st 1937

Members of Cosgrove Women's Institute planting Coronation tree.

Cosgrove’s Happy Celebrations

The Coronation celebration was prefaced on 4th May by the planting of a sycamore tree in the Priory Park, the residence of Captain and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson, by the members of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. R. Whiting presented the tree and each member of the Institute deposited a spadeful of soil during the planting ceremony.

The cost of the celebrations in this village were met by voluntary contributions, and the £75 raised included £25 received from Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, which was the result of two successful concerts she organised on behalf of the fund.

In the morning the judging for the best decorated houses in the village took place by Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson, Mrs. R. Whiting, Mrs. Heap, Miss Wells and Miss Balfour, whose awards were :

1. Mrs. Noble, Bridge Row, 2. Mrs. Brown, 3. Mrs. Eglesfield, 4. Mrs. H. Barby, 5. Mrs. F. Williams, 6. Mrs. Herbert, 7. Mrs. Gallop.

A service in the Parish Church was preceded by the parishioners assembling in the school grounds where the Union Jack was hoisted by Mr. F. Tustain.

The service was conducted by the Rev H. N. C. Hewson (Rector) and was well attended.

The afternoon’s proceedings opened with a fancy dress and cycle parade which was under the charge of Mr. J. Clarke, and the judges of the house decorations undertook the judging of the parade. Their awards were :

Cycles, girls under fourteen, 1. Miss Prisley, 2. Miss Evans; under sevens, 1. Miss Noble, 2. Miss Stewart, 3. Miss Castle; ladies, 1. Miss D. Eglesfield, 2. M. Brown; men, 1. J. Lambert, 2. P. Whiting. Fancy Dress, girls under fourteen, 1. Miss M. Brown, 2. Miss Stewart, 3. Miss B. Hillyer; boys under fourteen, 1. Master Holman, 2. Master Bob Gallop; ladies, 1. Mrs. J. Clarke, 2. Mrs. F. Barby; men. 1. Mr. Brown, 2. Mr. N. Goodridge.

Children’s sports were carried through during the afternoon in a field kindly lent by Captain P Y Atkinson, and these were under the direction of Mr G Hickford, who had the assistance of many male helpers.

Results: Flat Events, girls under eight, 1. M Castle, 2. B Tompkins, 3. M Stewart; skipping race, 1. M. Brown, 2. E. Prisley, 3. E. Evans; three legged race, 1. M. Brown and E. Evans, 2. E. Prisley and H. Brown; boys under eight, 1. R. Williams, 2. J. Gayton, 3. J. Hill; three legged race, 1. J. Herbert and E. Meakins, 2. G. Hill and R. Meakins; sack race, 1. Bill Castle, 2. D. Brown, 3. J. Gayton; obstacle race, 1. D. Brown, 2. E. Meakins, 3. R. King; novelty race, 1. B. Hillyer, 2. S. Gallop, 3. E. Clarke; children’s race, under eight, 1. J. Loughrey, 2. D. Hillyer, 3. R. Williams.

In an “endless chain” race for children under eight there were twenty nine starters and each one received a sixpence.

Men’s races: slow bicycle, 1. M. Whiting, 2. G. Beasley; running backwards, 1. M. Whiting, 2. S. Welch; blindfold race, 1. A. Loughrey, 2. H. Smith; obstacle, 1. L. S. Welch, 2. H. Smith; 100 yards over forty, 1. Prisley, 2. Capt P.Y. Atkinson; mixed events, adults, three legged race, 1. H. Cummings and F. Ince, 2. Margaret Brown and E. Noble; wheelbarrow race, 1. Sheila _____ and H. Pay, 2. O. Eglesfield and C. Hill; 80 yards men over sixty, 1. Gascoyne, 2. W Castle.

In a tug of war married ladies beat single ladies.

Thread the needle race (single ladies), 1. F. Ince, 2. D. Eglesfield; egg and spoon race, 1. O. Eglesfield, 2. D. Eglesfield; novelty race, 1. F. ince, 2. J. Whittaker; Thread the needle race (married ladies), 1. Mrs. Harmston, 2. Mrs. Tompkins; egg and spoon, 1. Mrs. Noble, 2. Mrs. Tompkins; novelty race, 1. Mrs. Ealey, 2. Mrs. H Smith.

Sixty children of the village were entertained to tea at the Priory by Captain P Y and Mrs Atkinson, who also provided each child with a Coronation souvenir mug, which Captain Atkinson distributed. A very enjoyable time was spent by the young people.

Tea for adults was partaken in a large marquee and over two hundred sat down to well catered tables.

After tea the children each received a bag of sweets, a bar of chocolate and an orange, these gifts being purchased with surplus cash that had been allotted to the sports.

Dancing took place for a short while in the marquee, music being provided by Mr. F. Anstee, wireless and electrical engineer, of Church Street, Wolverton, but owing to the heavy rain this was brought to an early closure. A bonfire and firework display also had to be postponed through the same reason.

During the day beer and other refreshments was generously provided by Mr. R. Whiting and Mr. R. H. Winterbottom.

Miss Marlow was convenor for tea and was assisted by members of the Women’s Institute whilst the joint secretaries of the celebrations were Mr. J. Clarke and Mr. A. Noble.

The committee comprised Mr. C. R. Whiting (Chairman), Captain P. Y. Atkinson (Treasurer), Mesdames P. Y. Atkinson, R. Whiting, Heap, Misses Balfour, Wells, Marlow, Messrs G. Hickford, H. Ratcliffe, T. Eglesfield, E. Hillyer, A. Kightley, B. Stewart, H. Herbert, T. Payne, F. Hall, P. Swain, B. Brown and F. Tustain.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 May 1937

COSGROVE

Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute. After a demonstration on “Milk Cookery” by Miss Herriott, of the Milk Publicity Council the members adjourned to Captain Atkinson’s field, where they planted a tree to commemorate the Coronation. The tree was the gift of Mrs. Whiting. Each member present took an active part in the planting and made a brief speech. The singing of the National Anthem brought the pleasant ceremony a close. On Coronation Day, W.I. members undertook responsibility for the catering part of the programme. The whole village sat down to a meat tea arranged and served by members of the W.I.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 June 1937

COSGROVE

At Cosgrove Women’s Institute meeting Mrs. Atkinson presided over a good company. Mr. Dean, from Ovaltine, Ltd., gave a lecture and showed a talking film to members and visitors. The competition for “the best patch on cotton” was won by Mrs. Prisley, The hostesses were Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Loughrey.

Wolverton Express 11th June, 1937 


Northampton Mercury - Friday 02 July 1937

The Council decided to instruct Mr. Dent Young, the engineer, to prepare plans, specifications and estimates for sewering the village of Cosgrove.


Wolverton Express 16th July, 1937

Feast Sunday was observed at Cosgrove last week, and in the evening the Wolverton Town Silver Prize Band gave a programme of music in the village.  Mr. J Kitchener was the conductor.  Despite the uncertain weather there was a fair influx of visitors and only slight rain fell.


Wolverton Express 16th July, 1937

Outing to Windsor

No fewer than 300 schoolchildren from this part of the country took part on 10th June on one of the educational outings arranged by the LMS Railway.  The party included 4 adults and 45 scholars from the Wolverton Boys School, under Mr H. Lunn; a party of boys and girls from New Bradwell, under Mr. J I Brooks and Miss Carey; as small party from Cosgrove under Mrs. Thacker; whilst 160 children from Aylesbury joined the special train at Bletchley.  The journey was made via Oxford and Reading, with Windsor as the destination.  From Windsor a river journey was made to the historical Runnymede and interest was considerably added to by the well prepared illustrated booklets which were provided the Wolverton boys, enabling them to make special note of historic and other sites.  The outing, which was a very enjoyable one, enabled boys and girls to learn a little more about Bucks, Oxon, and Berks by journeying through the countryside.  The train started from Wolverton at 10.50 am and the return journey from Windsor at 8 pm.  The boys picniced for lunch at Windsor, and had tea at Runnymede.


Wolverton Express 23rd July, 1937

The anniversary services in connection with the Baptist Sunday School in this village were held on Sunday, 18th July.  Mr J. Groom, of New Bradwell, was the special preacher, and conducted services both in the afternoon and evening.  The children themselves occupied the rostrum, and their singing was one of the attractions of the day.  Mr. Groom addressed himself mainly to the children in the afternoon, and his interesting and delightful talk held their attention throughout.  The evening service, in particular, was exceptionally well attended, a number of visitors from Stony Stratford and other places being present.  The training of the children for the special singing was in the hands of Mr. W Downing, of Stony Stratford, who also presided at the organ, Miss R. Hootton, the regular organist, giving place to her for this special occasion.  Collections were taken for the school funds, and it is hoped to give all the scholars, some 35 in number, an outing during the present summer.


Wolverton Express 30th July, 1937

Women’s Institute

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their July meeting in the pleasant grounds of Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, almost every member being present.  Miss Higgins (Secretary) read the monthly letter, after which she gave her report on the Federation meeting at the Albert Hall.  An outing to Bedford was discussed for those who were unable to go to the Ideal Home Exhibition.  The monthly competition for the best pot plant was won by Mrs W. Clarke.  Two amusing sketches were given by the following friends: Mrs Foddy, Miss Hurst, and Miss Wildman, of Stony Stratford.  Games were also enjoyed by the members.  Tea hostesses were Mrs. Atkinson and Miss Payne.


Wolverton Express 13th August, 1937

Cosgrove Choirboys Under Canvas

Ten boy members of the Cosgrove Parish Church choir have spent the weekend under canvas, together with eighteen members of the Stony Stratford first group of Boy Scouts.  This was at the wish of Mrs. G H Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, who takes a keen interest in the boys and who has given valuable help to the Stony Stratford scouts.  The camp was pitched on one of the highest points in Woburn Sands and lasted from Friday evening until Sunday evening.  The weather was ideal and the boys spent a happy time.  Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom spent a number of hours in the camp on both Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday morning the boys indulged in games and partook of a ramble through the woods during the afternoon.  In the evening they had a camp fire sing song.  On Sunday morning a church service was attended at Woburn Sands.  The menu of the camp was generously added to by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom.  In charge of the boys were GSM T G Dicks, S M F Bird, ASMs L Forder and W Crossman.


Wolverton Express 20th August, 1937

Miniature “White City” at Cosgrove

Forthcoming Hospital Effort

Hospital day at Cosgrove on Saturday, 11th September, is to have a special and novel attraction in the presence of a miniature “White City”.  Mrs. GH Winterbottom, of Cosgrove hall, is organising the effort on behalf of the Northampton General Hospital and the events are to be held in her grounds.

Amongst the paraphernalia of a pleasure fair, as at the White City, will be the helter-skelter, trapeze, horses, boats, etc., all of which will be electrically driven.

There are also to be fire brigade competitions.

An olde country village will transform the lawn, around which is to be erected shops with entrances from which useful articles can be purchased.  There will be an entrance to the “village” and the whole setting, given a fine day, will be well worth the while of a visit.  Those superintending the shops will be attired in costumes of the “old London cries” days.

In the afternoon music is to be rendered by the Rhythm Aces Band from Wolverton, and in the evening the lawn will be illuminated for dancing until midnight.  A special service of the early and late buses will be arranged.  A nominal admission charge of sixpence to the grounds is to be made.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 September 1937

The church clock at Cosgrove has been restarted after having been silent for several months. After many attempts had been made to set it going, a sandpit worker managed to coax it into working again.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 September 1937

COSGROVE

In the absence of Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs. Whiting took the chair at the monthly meeting, and 25 members were present. After the business Mr. Rawlinson, secretary of the Northamptonshire Association for the Blind, gave a lecture, and. he was thanked by Mrs. Whiting. Mrs. J. Clarke and Mrs. B. Kightley were the hostesses. The skipping competition was won by Mrs. Loughrey.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 September 1937

COSGROVE FETE

The large lawn of Cosgrove Hall was transformed into a representation of an old English village for the annual fete in aid of funds of Northampton Hospital, on Saturday. A street entrance had been constructed, together with shops, where attendants were attired in costumes of the London cries days. A fully-licensed old village inn at the end of the street, was soon discovered, and largely patronised. The whole effort was a triumph of organisation for Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, who had spared neither time nor expense in providing attractions, and also manned the stalls with her house party and helpers. They included Captain Hyde Upwood, of Sherington, who declared the fete open. Captain and Mrs. Oscar Winterbottom, Miss Noel Winterbottom (Tarporley. Cheshire), Mr. E. Williams (Manchester), Colonel and Mrs. Alistair Bruce, Mr. R. Bewloe (London). Mr. Ashby Fisher (Roehampton), Captain and Mrs. Grey Sykes (Heston), assisted by Mrs. Ashby (Eastcote). Miss Heap (Cosgrove), Miss Barbara Farmiloe. Colonel and Mrs. Ferrers Loftus, Miss Ferrers Loftus, Miss Heather Loftus (Brackley), Mrs. A H. Habgood, and Mrs. E. D. Lawrence (Stony Stratford), Members of the local branch of the British Legion also rendered assistance.


Wolverton Express 17th September, 1937

An Old World Village

Novel Hospital effort at Cosgrove

A cold winter kept many people at home on Saturday last who had otherwise contemplated spending the afternoon and evening in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall where there was staged a Hospital effort of more than usual interest to residents of South Northants and North Bucks.

The effort was sponsored by Mrs. G H Winterbottom, who spared neither time nor effort, nor expense to make the event one of much originality and attraction.  She had titled the effort “An old world village” and from what visitors to her picturesque grounds saw the name was very appropriately bestowed.

Bordering the large lawn fronting the house, “shops” were erected in old world design and from these, people attired in costumes of years long past, sold useful fancy and attractive wares.  Close upon one thousand people visited the “shops” and before closing time the shelves were cleared.

The “village” was complete with Town Crier (Mr A. Jackson of Great Linfor)d in traditional costume, and on the previous day and on that same morning he had made his appearance in the streets of Wolverton, New Bradwell, and Stony Stratford, where he attracted much attention.

Other parts of the grounds were freely decorated, the approaches being gaily festooned with flags.

An old village cross occupied a prominent position in the centre of the “village” and from the steps of this the opening ceremony was performed by Captain Hyde Upward of Sherington, who instanced the  excellent cause for which the effort was being made - the Northampton General Hospital.  He said that that institution covered a wide range of activity in caring for the sick and suffering and to carry out its work it always required money.  There was no better institution deserving of their support.  In appreciation of the work of Mrs Winterbottom under whose leadership the fete was being held, and her band of loyal helpers and friends, he appealed for all to make it a huge success.

Many attractions

Many of the visitors took an early opportunity, following the opening, of visiting the shops.  They obtained many bargains in toilet requisites, fancy ware, children’s clothing, market produce, confectionery, poultry, and cakes.  The “shops” were superintendent by members of Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom as house party – Captain and Mrs. Oscar Winterbottom, Mr. Noel Winterbottom (Tarpauley Cheshire), Captain Hyde Upward (Sherington), Mr E. Williams (Manchester), Colonel and Mrs. Alastair Bruce, Mr. Alistair Bruce, Mr. R Bewloe, Mr. Antony Fisher (London), Captain and Mrs. Grey Sykes (Heston), Mrs. A H Habgood and Mrs. E D Lawrence (Stony Stratford).

The “village” was replete with an inn which had its sign “The Ox and Gate”, this sign being several hundred years old.  The inn was provided by Mr. J B Knight, of the Bull Hotel, Stony Stratford.

Teas were served in a large marquee by Medames T. Dicks, D Knibbs, P. Edwards, W Crossman (Stony Stratford), E. Lambert, A Bushell, C Harmstone, R Ealey, and G Freestone (Cosgrove), with Mr. E Lambert and Mr G Hooton providing a constant supply of hot water.

Scouts A Caudle and S. Berridge acted as tea cashiers.

In a field adjoining the grounds there were numerous attractions which gave much pleasure.  Many new games were introduced and well patronised.  There was a helter-skelter, boats, revolving horse, Bustem, pin balls, coconuts, rolling pennies, etc..  In addition to members of the house party there were assisting in the superintending of some of these amusements Messrs. R Ealey, Glynn Ellis, Master E Lambert, and Miss K Bushell.

During the afternoon and evening orchestra selections were rendered by the Rhythm Aces of Wolverton, and distributed through loudspeakers.

There was also a graceful dancing display by young people from Northampton.

Fire Brigade Competitions

Members of the Stony Stratford Group of Boy Scouts under GSM T. Dicks gave a display of physical exercises and gymnastics.

Fire brigade competitions took place in the adjoining field and seven brigades took part, these being Stony Stratford, Berkhamstead, Wendover, Market Harborough, Bushey, Winslow, and S Smit’sh (Cricklewood).

The judges were Chief Officers S. Culname (Acton) and H T Smith (Bicester), with Messrs. J Knight (Stony Stratford) and B Tapp (Wolverton), timekeepers.

The Stony Stratford Brigade had a field day by winning the Winterbottom Silver Cup for the motor pump dry drill and the Crowther Cup for the best aggregate of three drills.  This Brigade was under the charge of Captain A Yates and members of the team were Fireman A Goodridge, W. James, G. Glenn, G. Crow, R Roberts, and F Whitehead.  Their successors testified to the efficiency of the brigade and their training under their Captain, and also to the keenness of the individual members in the voluntary work they have undertaken.

Each first prize was of £1 cash and diploma, and second prize 10s and a diploma.  These prizes were provided by Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom.

Clay Pigeon Shoot

Clay pigeon shooting was keenly contested, continuing throughout the afternoon and evening and no fewer than 174 attempts were made.  At the conclusion, five persons qualified for the final with maximum points.  A shoot off took place, resulting: 1 Major Doyne Ditmas, Kempston, who was awarded a large silver cup given by Mrs Winterbottom, 2 Mr. G Clarke, Stony Stratford, who received a set of carvers given by Messrs. Odell, of Stony Stratford,  3 Mr. J W Vellacott, Wicken, whose prize was a case of tea knives.

A sweepstake shoot resulted: 1 Mr. J Smith (Deanshanger), 2 Mr J. Clarke (Stony Stratford).

This clay pigeon shoot was one of the most successful efforts of the day and was managed by Messrs. W Starsmore, J Smith, J Vellacott, S Pryke, P F Ridgway, W Ward, and Miss P. Capel (all of Deanshanger and Wicken).

Dancing on the Lawn

With the day’s programme drawing to a close, with dusk setting in, the grounds were prettily illuminated by between 300 and 400 electric fairy lights, together with many arc lamps, which gave a very pleasing effect when a large number of young people danced on the lawn until close upon midnight.  Dance music was provided by Mr. H H Lampitt, of Wolverton, who was also responsible for the illuminations.  The National Anthem was sung through a microphone by Mrs Winterbottom at the close of the day.

The stalls and amusements were supplied and erected by the well-known London arm of Messrs. Gammage’s Hire Department, Coles Green Road, Cricklewood, under the personal supervision of Mr A. Merrill, Hire Department foreman.  The equipment was that supplied by this firm for society and charitable fetes in various parts of England.

In spite of the unseasonable cold weather, all who attended the fete spent a happy day and were generous in their praise of the self-sacrificing work of Mrs Winterbottom for helping worthy institutions.  The staff of Cosgrove Hall, which was augmented for the occasion, gave many hours of their time in helping in the preparations to ensure the smooth working of the day’s programme.

In charge of admission to the grounds were Messrs E. Williams (Manchester), J. Clarke, F. Tustain, and J. Higgins.  Between £19 and £20 was taken at the gate.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 September 1937

WANTED, Man to help milk and general farm work. Cottage on farm. Higgins, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.


Wolverton Express 1st October, 1937

Cosgrove got into stride and scored six goals against Bletchley Boys’ Brigade, who replied four times.  Chapman was a fine asset to Cosgrove, claiming four of the goals.  Bletchley netted two goals from penalties.  Gee proved a livewire for the Bletchley side.


Wolverton Express 1st October, 1937

Cosgrove

Ringers’ Outing

An enjoyable half day’s outing was spent on Saturday by the Cosgrove and district bell ringers.  A party numbering 20 comprised ringers from Cosgrove, Stony Stratford, Wicken, and Newport Pagnell.  Six Northants towers were visited during the tour - Piddington, Cogenhoe, Whiston, Earls Barton, Wollaston, and Yardley Hastings - and useful ringing of Grandsire doubles to Cambridge surprise was carried out.  After tea at Earls Barton the final church was inspected.  The last Tower was left at 9.00 pm and the ringers appreciate the kindness of the clergy in extending the facilities they did.  Mr. G F Tustain, hon. Secretary, of Cosgrove, was responsible for the arrangements, which were made to the satisfaction of all.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 October 1937

COSGROVE

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson, and about 30 members were present. Mr. C. F. Lawrence gave a lecture on gardening, and afterwards judged the potato competition, the results being: 1 Mrs. Prisley (25 lbs from three seed potatoes), 2 Mrs. J Clarke. Mrs. Hillyer won a prize for the biggest freak potato. Mrs. Whiting and Mrs. Heap were hostesses.


Wolverton Express 15th October, 1937

Football

Stratford reserves will also hold a watching brief on this section of the league.  Coached by Harry Culver, the side gave a smart performance against Cosgrove, who should soon get into winning vein.  Here Stratford won by seven goals to three, but Cosgrove’s goals were all well timed efforts.


Wolverton Express 15th October, 1937

North Bucks football league

Stony Stratford Res 7, Cosgrove St Peter’s 3

Stoney Stratford reserves had a visit from their near neighbours, Cosgrove St Peter’s, in a North Bucks league game on Saturday and the match was witnessed by the largest crowd the Reserves have had at their games for a long time.  Stratford were the first to attack and shots from Reynolds and Culver found the Cosgrove goalkeeper safe.  Cosgrove were awarded a free kick which brought them success, for Smith place a shot into the corner of the net.  Cosgrove then took up the attack and drew level when a well-placed centre by Reynolds was converted by Smith.  Five minutes later Cosgrove were awarded a penalty for hands and Castle made no mistake with the kick, making the interval score in the visitors’ favour of 2-1.

 In the second half the home team had matters all their own way, goals coming from Culver (2) and Reynolds.  Then, from a breakaway, Cosgrove and netted an easy goal following a misunderstanding between the Stratford backs.  Reynolds, H Smith, and L Smith added further goals for Stony before the final whistle.  Reynolds missed a penalty.


Wolverton Express 15th October, 1937

Harvest festival services were held at SS Peter and Paul church last week.  On Wednesday the Rev. Kenworthy Browne, RD, of Paulerspury, preached to a great congregation at an evening service.  The festival was continued on Sunday, when morning and evening services were conducted by the Rev H N C Hewson (rector).  There were fair congregations.  The sale of Harvest gifts which had been used in the decoration of the church took place in the Rectory on Monday.


Wolverton Express 22nd October, 1937

Mission hall

On Sunday harvest thanksgiving services were conducted at the Mission Hall by Mr W. Hutchinson, of New Bradwell.  At both afternoon and evening services there were good attendances.  The sale of the Harvest gifts took place on Monday evening, conducted by Mr S. Williams.


Wolverton Express 5th November, 1937

Women’s Institute

The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute took place on Tuesday in the Old Schools, when a good company of members was presided over by Mrs. P Y Atkinson.  An interesting demonstration on soup making was given by Mrs. Jackson, of Courteenhall, who was thanked by Mrs. C R Whiting.  A competition for the best arranged bowl of autumn leaves and berries was judged by Lady Wake, of Courteenhall, who awarded the first place to Miss E. Barby.  The social half hour was occupied in dancing.  The tea hostesses were Mrs. G Brown and Mrs. Hill.  In connection with the Institute a social was held during the previous week in the same building, the proceeds being on behalf of the Personal Service League, which works for Distressed Areas and for which the institute members make garments.  There was a large company presents and an enjoyable time was spent.  Miss J. Higgins was the MC.  A humorous sketch was given by Mrs. F Hillyer, Mrs Lovesey, and Mrs. Priestley.  A competition for an iced cake given by Mrs Atkinson was won by Mrs. Eglesfield.  The pianist was Mrs A. Andrews.  Refreshments were served by Miss Marlow, Miss Hillyer, and Mrs J. Clarke.


Wolverton Express 12th November, 1937

Benefit for Former Cosgrove Footballer

A benefit dance in the Memorial Hall, Old Stratford, on Friday was on behalf of Mr. C Bushell, of Cosgrove, who for many seasons donned the colours of his village football club.

Mr. Bushell who is a married man with one small daughter, has been unable to follow his employment at the Sandpits, at Cosgrove, for nine months owing to ill health. We are pleased to say his health is now improving. 

Between 80 and 100 persons attended the dance, music for which was supplied by the Selmer Band from Hanslope.  A spot competition was won by Miss Langley and Miss Hobson.  Refreshments were served by Miss O Eglesfield, Mesdames C. Evans, A Smith, T. Cummings, and J Lovesey.  The organizer was Mr. G Hickford, who was given much assistance from residents of the village, and his committee comprised Messrs. A. Tompkins, J Lovesey, B Brrown, E Eglesfield, and A Loughrey.

Generous help was given by Cosgrove residents and people from villages and towns in the neighbourhood.  Gifts included refreshments, prizes, donations, and a large iced cake which was won in a competition by Miss R. Hooton.  A box of chocolates was won by Mr. Geary the band’s pianist.

As a result of the effort the helpful sum of £16 2s 6d has been handed to Mr. Bushell, who wishes to thank all for the kindness shown to him.


Wolverton Express 12th November, 1937

North Bucks Bellringers

Members of this branch of the Oxford Guild of Bellringers met for practice at All Saints church, Calverton, on Saturday, when representatives were present from Newport Pagnell, Winslow, Weston Underwood, Wicken, Cosgrove, Banbury, Calverton, Stony Stratford, Old Bradwell, Little Horwood, and Drayton Parslow.  Some useful ringing took place of Grandsire to Cambridge Surprise.


Wolverton Express 26th November, 1937

Cosgrove have Hard Match

Cosgrove, in a rearranged fixture at home, received Fletton’s Sports.  Here this progressive side did well to hold their strong opponents as much as they did.  Although defeated by 7-1, Cosgrove showed mettle.  Of late Fletton’s Sports have had a sequence of wins that has shown them to be a side to be reckoned with.


Wolverton Express 26th November, 1937

Ministry of Health Inquiry

Into Sewerage and Sewage Disposal Schemes

Mr. F H Seabrooke, M Inst CE, Inspector of the Ministry of Health, conducted an inquiry at the Wolverton Congregational Church Hall on Wednesday morning into proposed sewerage and sewage disposal schemes of the Wolverton and Urban District Council and the Towcester Rural District Council.

The Wolverton council applied to the Ministry for consent to borrow the sum of £57800 for purposes of sewerage and sewage disposal for the Urban District of Wolverton.

The application of the Towcester council was for consent to borrow £8799 for purposes of sewerage and sewage disposal for the contributary places of Cosgrove, Furtho, and Passenham.


Wolverton Express 3rd December, 1937

Football

Cosgrove put in a fine effort at home and with a much strengthen side drew 1-1 with Stony Stratford reserves.  It was a splendid tussle and both sides held out in defensive work, conceding little.  This match, of course, will have to be decided at a later date.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 December 1937

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their annual general meeting, and Mrs. Atkinson presided. The ballot for the 1938 committee resulted as follows: President. Mrs. Atkinson; vice-president, Mrs. Whiting; Miss Marlow, Miss M. Hillyer, Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. Lovesey, Mrs. Prisley, Miss O. Eglesfield, and Miss J. Higgins. The Hon. Treasurer (Mrs. Whiting) read her report, which was very satisfactory. Twenty-six dolls which were to be forwarded to poor children were beautifully dressed by the members. A bale of material and wool was distributed to the members to be made into garments for the Personal Service League. The competition for the best hand-made bag, not costing more than one shilling, was won by Mrs. Prisley. The hostesses were Mrs. Gascoigne and Mrs. B. Kightley. Mrs. M. Jelley was elected delegate the annual general meeting Northampton. Miss Higgins proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Atkinson, of Paulerspury, for telling the votes.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 December 1937

HOUSE PARLOURMAID Wanted, end of December. Must be experienced. Housemaid kept. Not under 25. State age, wages, and references.—Miss Balfour, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.


Wolverton Express 17th December, 1937

Council School

On Tuesday, 14 December, a delightful party was given to the scholars by Mr. and Mrs. P Y Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory.  After a most enjoyable tea in the gaily decorated schoolroom, a very fine cinema show was much appreciated both by parents and children.  During the evening the prizes, also the generous gift of Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, were awarded to the successful pupils.  The proceedings were fleetingly brought to a close by a hearty vote of thanks proposed by Eileen Evans and seconded by Louis Hill, amidst great applause.


Wolverton Express 19th December, 1937

Stratford Reserves Net Eight

Stratford Reserves visited Cosgrove and had little difficulty in winning the match, scoring 8 times to nil.  Stratford were the more experienced players, but despite this fact Cosgrove played up well against them for a young side.


Wolverton Express 24th December, 1937

Refuse collection scheme

In accordance with the Ministry of Health instructions the Sanitary Inspector (Mr T. Harris) submitted a scheme for refuse collection and disposal for the whole of the district.  The Public Health Committee recommended that the scheme as presented be adopted and that the work be carried out by contract and that for the time being the present tips continue to remain in use; also that cost be chargeable as special expenses on the remainder of the contributory places in which such expenses are not at present so chargeable. 

The route included the following collections: first week (Friday), Cosgrove, Old Stratford, Furtho, Passenham and Wicken; second week (Tuesday), Paulerspury, Grafton Regis, Yardley Gobion, and Potterspury; (Friday), Cosgrove, Old Stratford, and Passenham.

Commenting upon the scheme Mr. R L C Ridgway said in the first place the council suggested that the work being done by direct labour, now it was proposed it be put out to private contract.  He could not see the council getting better service by having one contractor for the whole district than by their present system of a contractor for each parish.

The chairman: Those contractors will have the opportunity of contracting for the work.

Mr. Ridgway: if that is your ruling I am satisfied.

Mr. Davey objected to the scheme, saying it was a thin end of the wedge to getting the special rates put into the general rates.

The chairman: you are under a misapprehension.  The collections will still be charged as special rates for the parishes concerned.

Mr. Davies said it was a most unsatisfactory alteration.

Mr. Weston: the Ministry has asked us to formulate the scheme.

Mr. J R Marchant said that at Wicken the collection was made by an arrangement between the farmers and so saved a special rate and he asked for that procedure to be allowed to continue.  No objection was raised.


Wolverton Express 24th December, 1937

Hospital Coronation Appeal

A house to house collection was made on 11 December by the Cosgrove Hospital Week Fund in response to the Northampton Hospital’s Coronation Appeal for £1000.  The amount collected was £3  18s  6d, which was considered a good result seeing that nearly everyone in the village is helping the hospital through the weekly contributory scheme and through various societies.  The Committee are grateful for the excellent response to this appeal.  The collectors were Mr. R Brown and Mr. A Kightley.  The village Hospital Committee Secretary is Mr. A Tack.


Wolverton Express 24th December, 1937

Demolition Orders confirmed at Cosgrove

Mr. Long reported that the Ministry had confirmed the Council’s demolition orders in respect of the following Cosgrove properties: Clearance order number 3, now and formerly occupied by C King and Mrs. Stewart; Smith, Tack, and Brown; Horn, Williams, Hillyer, Loughrey, and Bushell.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 December 1937

COSGROVE

A delightful party was given to the scholars of Cosgrove Council School by Mr. and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory. After an enjoyable tea in the gaily decorated schoolroom a cinema show was given, and during the evening the prizes—also the generous gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson —were awarded to the successful pupils. The proceedings were brought to a close by a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Atkinson, proposed by Eileen Evans and seconded by Louis Hill.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 January 1938

COSGROVE

About 150 people were present at the Cosgrove W.I. party held on New Year’s Eve. A programme of dances, old and new, and games was much enjoyed. ‘‘Auld Lang Syne” was sung by the company at midnight. Miss Eglesfield and Miss Higgins were in charge of the programme. Refreshments were served by the committee under the supervision of Miss Marlow. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. The monthly meeting, Mrs. Atkinson presiding, included an exhibition of films entitled “Life in Australia.” The mince-pie competition was won by Mrs. Prisley. The hostesses were Mrs. Prisley and Miss Higgins.


Wolverton Express 7th January, 1938

Cosgrove Hall Staff Ball

A Happy Function

All who were privileged to be present on Thursday at the annual staff ball in connection with Cosgrove Hall, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom, greatly appreciated the excellent provision that had been made for their pleasure.  An innovation was the holding of the ball in the Regent Hall, Stony Stratford, instead of in the drawing room of Cosgrove Hall as in years past, but a much increased invitation list had made it necessary for the function to be transferred to a larger hall.

Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom generously allow members of their staff to extend invitations to friends to attend this gathering, which is held each year as soon after Christmas as possible, whilst invitations are also extended to assistants in business houses in Stony Stratford.  On Thursday last the company must have numbered about 160, and Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom and several of their friends freely joined in the merry making which was kept up to one o’clock the following morning.

For the dancing the Rhythm Aces band of Wolverton, under the direction of Douglas Dytham, provided a splendid programme for the old time and modern dances, which were heartily taken part in.  Among the more popular numbers were the “Roger de Coverley”, the “Palais Glide”, “Lancers”, and “Paul Jones”.  A spot dance was won by Mr. H Cummings and partner.

Refreshments, which were plentiful, were provided through the generosity of the residents of Cosgrove Hall.  Mrs Knight, of the Bull Hotel, was responsible for the excellent catering.

Midway through the proceedings Captain Hyde Upward of Sherington, introduced presentations, remarking that the staff were conscious of the generous manner in which they were treated at the Hall and the happy surroundings there, and were anxious to show their gratitude and affection.

Two members of the staff, Miss S. Hughes and Miss S Dormer, presented to Mrs Winterbottom a basket of growing tulips with electrical illumination – a most novel gift – and also a bouquet of red carnations, some of the blooms being placed in the buttonhole of the coach to Mr. Winterbottom.  Both gifts were from members of the Hall staff and a few friends.  The gifts came as a complete surprise to the recipients, and Mrs. Winterbottom suitably acknowledged.  The work of arranging the gifts was artistically executed by Mr. and Mrs. B J Rudd, florists, of Stony Stratford.  At the conclusion of the function cheers were heartily given.

The coloured lighting effects of the hall were undertaken by Mr. E W Butler, of Wolverton, and during the course of the evening a flashlight photograph of the company was taken by Mr. G W Thorneycroft.


Wolverton Express 7th January, 1938

Coursing at Cosgrove – by Pack of Sealyhams

On Tuesday next residents of this neighbourhood will be afforded the opportunity of following coursing by Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas’s trained Sealyhams, believed to be the only pack of its kind in the country, who will be meeting that day at Cosgrove Hall by invitation of Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom.  The meet will be at 11 am and continue until about the middle of the afternoon.  A similar meet was held at Cosgrove Hall last year and proved most interesting to the many local residents who attended.


Wolverton Express 14th January, 1938

Cosgrove Demolition

A letter from the Rev. W W Meadows, who is the owner of property comprised in the Cosgrove No 5 Clearance Order 1937, objected to the confirmation of the Order by the Minister of Health.

It was resolved to inform the Rev. W W Meadows that as the Minister had decided to confirm the Order, no further action could be taken by the Council to secure its withdrawal.


Wolverton Express 14th January, 1938

Sealyham Pack at Cosgrove

Much public interest was centred in the meet of Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas’s trained pack of Sealyhams from the Ilmar kennels Watford Herts, which took place on Tuesday morning in the grounds of Cosgrove Hall, by invitation of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom.  Many people from South Northants and North Bucks witnessed the meet and followed the dogs throughout the five hours they coursed the neighbourhood.

The pack which numbered close upon a 50 animals, moved off to the spinney in the grounds of the Hall and soon found a number of rabbits.  From there they visited the Quarries where numerous rabbits were disturbed and a number of kills recorded.

Fields on the other side of the canal were then visited and the meet concluded in the spinney from where it started.

During the day, about a dozen rabbits were accounted for.  A hare was put up but owing to it entering ground over which permission to course had not been obtained the dogs were called off.

Amongst an enthusiastic field which numbered between two and three hundred during the morning hours, were Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom, General and Mrs. Butler, Masters John and Sydney Butler, Dr. and Mrs. A H Habgood, Dr. and Mrs. R D Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. F Phillpot, Mr. Reg Whiting, the Misses Whiting, Captain and Mrs. Ashley, General and Mrs. Johnson, Captain and Mrs. Byron Hall, Captain Littlewood, Captain and Mrs. Loftus, and Miss Diana Caldwell. Generous hospitality was provided by the residents of Cosgrove Hall.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 January 1938

SEALYHAM PACK AT COSGROVE

Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas’ trained pack of Sealyhams, from Ilmer Kennels, Watford bypass, had day’s coursing from Cosgrove Hall, at the invitation of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom. About a dozen rabbits were accounted for. The pack also put up a hare, which escaped them. The field numbered about 300, and among those present were: General and Mrs. Butler, Messrs, John and Sidney Butler, General and Mrs. Johnson, Miss Diana Cauldwell. Colonel and Mrs. Harris. Captain Littlewood Captain and Mrs. Loftus, Captain and Mrs. Bryan Holt, Captain and Mrs. Ashley, Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Habgood, Dr. and Mrs. E. D. Lawrence, Mr. Reg. Whiting. Mr. and Mrs. Phillpotts.


Wolverton Express 14th January, 1938

Cosgrove Sewerage

The Clarke made a letter from the Ministry of Health stating that the Minister was unable to arrive at a decision to the diversion of the sewer on Mr. Whiting’s land until a plan had been furnished.  Mr Budge informed the council that Mr. Dent Young, engineer, had been instructed to furnish and forward the same.


Wolverton Express 14th January, 1938

Women’s Institute

The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute was held in the Old Schools on Tuesday.  Mrs. P Y Atkinson presided and a talking film entertainment on “Life in Australia” was given under the auspices of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and proved most interesting.  Thanks to the lecturer were voiced by the chairman.  A mince pie competition was won by Mrs Prisley.  The tea hostesses were Miss Higgins (Secretary) and Mrs. Prisley.  Dancing and games formed the programme for the social half hour.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 January 1938

COSGROVE

ON SATURDAY a peal of 5,040 changes in seven methods was rung on Cosgrove Church Bells in the time 2 hours 52 minutes. It is the first time this has been performed on the bells. The ringers were E. J. Lambert, R. H. Howson. J. Higgins, R. Foddy, A. J. Green, and E. C. Lambert, members of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild Change-ringers.


Wolverton Express 21st January, 1938

Cosgrove Bellringing

On Saturday the bells of Cosgrove Parish Church were ringing for two hours 52 minutes in a peal of 5040 changes of minor in seven methods, run by E. J. Lambert, J. Higgins, A J Green, R H Howson, R Foddy, E C Lambert.  The latter, who acted as conductor, is the leader of the Cosgrove ringers.  E C Lambert, J. Higgins, R H Nelson, and R Foddy were ringing their first peal in seven methods and this was the first time it had been rung on the Cosgrove bells.


Wolverton Express 21st January, 1938

Neutral Ground

Stoney Stratford Reserves met Cosgrove in the replay of their Shield contest game, and after extra time the match ended in a draw of three goals all.  This means that again will have to be played on a neutral ground.  Both sides played well.


Wolverton Express 4th February, 1938

Church Bellringers in South Northants

The annual meeting of the Towcester district branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Bellringers Guild was held at Towcester on Saturday.  Captain J J Grant-Ives (president) was in the chair.

The accounts and the annual report, submitted by the Rev. EV Fenn, (Lois Weedon) Hon Secretary and Treasurer, were adopted.  The following officers and committee for the ensuing year were elected: President, Major Doyne (Lois Weedon); Hon Secretary and Treasurer, the Rev. H S Vinning; hon auditor, the Rev. H S Vinning Green’s Norton; representatives on Central Committee, Mr E. Lambert (Cosgrove) and Mr. J Green (Wicken); Towcester District Committee, Miss Grant Ives (Bradden) and Messrs. F Case (Wicken), C. Henson, (Lois Weedon), J. Higgins (Cosgrove), J Garlick (Towcester), J. Roberts (Wicken), and R Foster (Paulerspury).

In connection with the meeting as service was conducted for the members in the Parish Church by the Rev. G. Morris (curate) who also gave the address.  Before and after the meeting members rang “touches” in various methods on the bells of the Parish Church.


Wolverton Express 4th February, 1938

Western Games

There were three Western League matches played last Saturday and some exciting football was seen.  Paulerspury absolutely swept the board, scoring eight goals against Cosgrove.  Here again Paulerspury have been team building, and have now a strong eleven operating.  Cosgrove were worthy of something better than a blank score on the run of the game.


Wolverton Express 4th February, 1938

Visit to Circus

Through the kindness and generosity of Mrs. Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, the junior members of the Cosgrove Parish Church Choir, together with a few friends, visited Bertram Mills’s Circus, Olympia, for the second year in succession.  The journey to London was made by one of Mr. Eglesfield’s Motor Coaches, Mr C. Compton, organist, being in charge of the party.  They were met at the circus by Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom, and the afternoon performance was greatly enjoyed.  Tea was afterwards partaken in the Pillar Hall Restaurant, and a round was also made of the Funfair and Wonder Zoo.  The return journey from Olympia was commenced at 7.30, the thanks of the party going to Mrs Winterbottom for making such an enjoyable day possible.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 February 1938

PUBLIC NOTICES TOWCESTER RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.

NOTICE OF CLEARANCE ORDER CONFIRMED BY THE MINISTER OF HEALTH. HOUSING ACT. 1936

TOWCESTER RURAL (COSGROVE No. 3); CLEARANCE ORDER, 1937.

TOWCESTER RURAL (COSGROVE No. 5) CLEARANCE ORDER, 1937.

TOWCESTER RURAL (COSGROVE No. 7) CLEARANCE ORDER. 1937.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Minister of Health, in pursuance of the powers vested in him by the Housing Act, 1936, on the 26th day of January, 1938, confirmed the above named Clearance Orders submitted to him by the Rural District Council of Towcester, ordering the demolition of the buildings described in the Schedules annexed hereto, and their vacation within the periods respectively specified in the Orders. ~ Copies of the confirmed Orders and of the maps referred to therein and maps of the Clearance Areas have been deposited at the Council’s Offices, Town Hall, Towcester. and may be seen at all reasonable hours. The Orders will become operative at the expiration of six weeks from the date of publication of this Notice, but if proceedings in the High Court are instituted within that period by an aggrieved person desirous of questioning the validity of the Orders, the Court may, if satisfied that the Orders are not within the powers of the Act or that the interests of the applicant have been substantially prejudiced by any requirement of the Act not having been compiled with, quash the Orders either generally or in so far as they affect any property of the applicant.

SCHEDULE.

COSGROVE No. 3 CLEARANCE AREA

2 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at the Green. Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which the owner is A. F. Jelley, The Brewery. Cosgrove aforesaid and now or formerly in the respective occupations of C. King and Mrs. S. Stewart.

COSGROVE No. 5 CLEARANCE AREA.

3 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at New Buildings, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton. of which the owner is the Rev. W. W. Meadows of 104, Elliscombc Road, Charlton, and now or formerly in the respective occupations of A. Smith, F. Tack, and R. Brown.

COSGROVE No. 7 CLEARANCE AREA.

3 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Canal, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which the owner is Mrs. C. Gosling, of lE, Buxton Road. Stratford E. 15 and now or formerly in the respective occupations of J. Horne, F. Williams, and Mrs. Mary Hillyer.

2 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Canal. Cosgrove aforesaid of which the owners are Messrs. Brown and Barwell of Half-way House, Kingsthorpe, in the County Borough of Northampton and now or formerly in the respective occupations of A. Loughery and S. Bushell.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 February 1938

COSGROVE

The Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting, with Mrs. Atkinson presiding. Mrs. Brown, of Sulgrave, gave a lesson in community singing and she was thanked by Mrs. Atkinson. A competition was won by Mrs. B. Kightley, and Mrs. Hillyer and Mrs. W. Clarke were tea hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 February 1938

MISS JOAN WAKE. Cosgrove, Bletchley, Requires Housekeeper for all duties. Over 40 preferred. Child not objected to. Small modernised house. Electric light.


Wolverton Express 18th February, 1938

Cosgrove Wedding – Miss D Eglesfield

A pretty wedding took place on Saturday at the Parish Church of SS Peter and Paul, Cosgrove, when the bride was Miss Dorothy Beatrice Eglesfield, a member of a well-known Cosgrove family, being the fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A Eglesfield.  The bridegroom was Mr. Jack Hebson, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henson, of Hindley, Wigan, and the ceremony was performed by the Rector.

The bride was prettily attired in a pale pink satin dress with veil and coronet and carried a shower bouquet of pink and white carnations.  Her only bridesmaid was her sister, Miss Joan Eglesfield, whose dress was of pale green crepe trimmed with pink rosebuds, with headdress of green velvet leaves.  She carried a bouquet of pink tulips.

Mr. A Eglesfield gave his daughter away whilst the duties of best man were discharged by Mr J. Henson, brother of the bridegroom.

A reception was afterwards held at the bride’s home and attended by about thirty relatives and close friends.

The happy couple left for the same day for their honeymoon at Hindley and upon their return will take up residence at Cosgrove.  They have been the recipients of about sixty most useful presents.


Wolverton Express 25th February, 1938

Western Whispers

Wolverton Congs Reserves entertained Cosgrove, but the Peter’s put up a fine rally.  Jack Hurst figured at centre forward and in his final effort gave Cosgrove the win by one goal to nil.  His work certainly put Cosgrove on form and the defence was a complete stumbling block to the Congs, who while being well represented did not make headway that their opponents found.  The return match this Saturday between the sides will prove who really is on top niche.


Wolverton Express 25th February, 1938

A party was given by members of the Women’s Institute who celebrate their birthdays between January and 30 June next to other members and friends, and this function was held in the Old School on Tuesday and was attended by sixty persons.  A happy evening was spent in games and dancing with misses Andrews at the pianoforte and Mrs. M Jelley as MC.  A handsome birthday cake was given by Mrs. W. Clarke, Mrs. G Brown, and Miss Childs.  Mrs G. Williams was the recipient of a flowering plant given by Mrs. Whiting.  The proceedings of the evening were brought to a close with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 March 1938

The Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting, and Mrs. Atkinson presided. Miss Wake, of the Green Farm. Cosgrove, gave a lecture on the History of Cosgrove, and was thanked by Mrs. Whiting. A hyacinth bulb competition was won by Miss Higgins. Mrs. and Miss Bushell were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 March 1938

WANTED, a Good Dry Hand Milker, used to Hedge Cutting.—John Frankton, Cosgrove. Northants.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 March 1938

ERECTION OF DWELLING HOUSES

TENDERS ARE INVITED for works consisting of the erection of the following Non-Parlour Type Houses in the Parish of Cosgrove;

4 Houses—2 Bedroom Type

8 Houses—3 Bedroom Type

2 Houses—4 Bedroom Type

Contractors desirous of tendering should forward their names, not later than 25th March, 1938, to Mr. H. J. Ingman, of Milton Chambers, Derngate, Northampton, from whom plans, specification and form of tender will be available.
The closing date for the receipt of applications for tender forms will be strickly adhered to, and no applictions will be erntertaind after 25th March, 1938.

Contractors will be notified by Mr. H. J. Ingman of the date on which tenders must be delivered to the undersigned at the Council Offices, Town Hall, Towcester.

The Council do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any tender, or to pay any fees or expenses incurred by the contractor in tendering.

JOHN S. BUDGE
Clerk to the Council

11th March 1938.


Wolverton Express 11th March, 1938

Fancy Dress Dance

A successful dance, arranged by Mr. and Mrs. W Crowder and Mrs. Thacker, in aid of a radio set for the Cosgrove School, was held in the Council Schools on Friday.  The Misses Tenant were the judges and prizes for the best costumes were awarded to Mrs. P Loughrey, Mrs. Evans, Mrs H Smith, Nancy Martin, Douglas Hillyer, Audrey Ruff, and May Stewart.  The satisfactory sum of £6  4s  6d has been handed over to the radio fund.  Music was supplied by the Metro Dance Band.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 March 1938

COSGROVE

A SUCCESSFUL fancy dress dance, arranged by Mr. and Mrs. W. Crowder and Mrs. Thacker, was held in the Council Schools. Cosgrove. The Misses Tennant were the judges, and the music was supplied by the Metro Dance Band. The sum of £6 4s. 6d. was handed over to the fund for the school radio set.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 March 1938

COSGROVE

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held a successful whist drive on March 17. Mrs. Lovesy was M.C. The winners were Mrs. Hill, Mrs. J. Prisley and Mrs. G. Brown: Mr. J. Prisley. Mr. W. Swain and Mr. C. Whitehead. Proceeds were in aid the County Federation. The prize-winners are eligible to play in the whist drive to be held in Northampton October.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 April 1938

NOTICE OF CLEARANCE ORDER CONFIRMED BY THE MINISTER OF HEALTH HOUSING ACT. 1936.

TOWCESTER RURAL (COSGROVE No. 4) CLEARANCE ORDER. 1937.

TOWCESTER RURAL (COSGROVE No. 6) CLEARANCE ORDER, 1937.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Minister of Health, in pursuance of the powers vested in him by the Housing Act, 1936, on the 21st day March, 1938, confirmed the above-named Clearance Orders submitted to him by the Rural District Council of Towcester, ordering the demolition of the buildings described in the Schedules annexed hereto, and their vacation within the periods respectively specified in the Orders.

SCHEDULE,

COSGROVE No. 4 CLEARANCE AREA.

7 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at The Green, Cosgrove, in the County of Northampton, of which the owner is Hedley J. Clarke of 43, Bletchley Road. Bletchley in the County of Buckingham and now formerly in the respective occupations of S. Williams, G. Williams, A. Childs. Mrs. J. Giles, A. Tack, E. Stewart and R. Davies.

COSGROVE No. 6 CLEARANCE AREA.

4 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street, Cosgrove in the County of Northampton, of which the owner is the Parish Council Cosgrove aforesaid and now formerly in the respective occupations of F Hillyer (Junior), T. Jelley, G. Key, and F. Hillyer (Senior).

1 Dwellinghouse together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street, Cosgrove aforesaid of which the owner is Miss D. Ingram, of 129, Newport Road. New Bradwell in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the occupation of W. Gallop.

1 Dwellinghouse together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Main Street, Cosgrove aforesaid, and known as Woodbine Cottage, of which the owner is Hedley J. Clarke of Bletchley Road. Bletchley in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the occupation of E. Barby.

5 Dwellinghouses together with the outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate near the Aqueduct, Cosgrove aforesaid of which the owner is A. E. Higgs of Westgate 17, Blenheim Avenue, Stony Stratford in the County of Buckingham and now or formerly in the respective occupations of O. Clarke, B. Keech, R. Ealey, Mrs. Lilian Eves and A. Hinton.

Dated this 1st day of April, 1938.


Wolverton Express 4th April, 1938

Cosgrove sewerage scheme

A letter from the engineer was read with respect to the diversion of the drain in Mr. Whiting’s Field, stating that he had now obtained the permission of Captain Atkinson to lay the drain across his field and discharge into his ditch subject to the council agreeing to provide and erect a drinking trough in the corner of the field known as “The Green”, such trough to be supplied with water from the council supply.  The engineer estimated the cost of providing and fixing the trough at about £8.00.  The committee recommended that the work of the diversion of the sewer be put in hand at once and that a drinking trough be provided and fixed in Captain Atkinson field.  The council agreed

Water supply loans for Cosgrove etc.

The accountant reported that in consequence of unforeseen circumstances the 20 years and 30 years loans borrowed for the Cosgrove and Furtho and Passenham Joint Water Supply had been overspent by the amount of £33 5s 4d and £38 13s 6d respectively and that it would be necessary for application to be made to the Ministry of Health for consent to the raising of additional loans, and the Accountant submitted estimates of the additional amounts required to be borrowed including the cost of raising the said additional loans.  The Committee recommended that application be made to the Ministry of Health for consent to borrow the following additional sums in respect of capital expenditure on the Cosgrove, Furtho, and Passenham Joint Water Supply, namely, 20 years £40, 30 years, £45.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 April 1938

COSGROVE

In the absence of Mrs. Atkinson, Mrs. Whiting presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Thirty members were present. Mrs. Lovesey was elected delegate to the annual meeting in London. Mrs. Ben Kightley reported on the Spring Council meeting held in Northampton. Mrs. Kay gave a clever demonstration on patchwork, and she was thanked by Miss Higgins. A competition, “Something new from something old," was won by Mrs. Hurst. The hostesses were Mrs. Beasley and Miss Barby.


Wolverton Express 29th April, 1938

The Rev. H N C Hewson, who has held the living of SS Peter and Paul Church, Cosgrove, since 1893, informed his congregation on Easter Sunday that it would probably be his last Easter with them as their rector.  Mr Hewson has since informed our representative that he has nothing further to add to that statement.

At the Easter vestry of this church, held on Saturday in the Old Schools, no further mention of this matter was made.  The Rector presided, and present were Captain P Y Atkinson (vicar’s warden) and Mr. C R Whiting (people’s warden), both of whom were reappointed.

A satisfactory statement of accounts presented by Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson was accepted.

Members to the ruridecanal conference and Parochial Church Council were appointed, and also the following sidesmen: Messrs. J. Higgins, W Slaymaker, E Tustain, A. Hewson, and H Meakins.

At the conclusion of the business Mrs. Atkinson made the presentation of a silver watch to Mr. H Meakins in appreciation of his 16 years as sexton at the church.  Mr. Meakins recently retired from that position.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 May 1938

The Rev. H. N. C. Hewson, rector of Cosgrove since 1893, has intimated to his parishioners that it would probably be his last Easter with them as their rector. Mr. Hewson was ordained deacon in 1879, and priest the following year, his first curacy being at St. Mary Magdalen, Southwark, from 1879-80.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 May 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presided, and 40 members were present. Mrs. Kelsall gave instruction to members in percussion music and ably conducted the band. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano. The competition for four lines of verse about Spring was judged by Miss Wake and won by Miss Joan Higgins. Mrs. F. Williams and Mrs. Loughrey were the hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 May 1938

WANTED, a good Farmhand, used to milking. Good wages.—Apply W. Crowder, Esq., The Gables. Cosgrove.

FOR SALE, a Pedigree Dairy Shorthorn Bull, age 2½ yrs.—Apply W. Crowder, The Gables. Cosgrove.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 May 1938

FOR SALE, Two Goats in milk, with Kids. Write Rectory, Cosgrove, Northants.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 May 1938

WANTED, House-Parlourmaid, experienced; housemaid kept; two In family. State age and reference. Miss Balfour, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford. Bucks


Wolverton Express 27th May, 1938

Bellringing

At the parish church, Cosgrove, on Wednesday last a quarter peal (1280 changes) of Grandsire Doubles was rung on the bells in honour of the eighty fifth birthday of the Rector, the Rev. H N C Hewson.  The ringers were entirely local and were A Cummings, E R Lambert, F. Tustain, J. Higgins, E C Lambert, and E Noble.  Mr. E C Lambert was conductor.  This was the first quarter peal run by A Cummings and E Noble.


Wolverton Express 10th June, 1938

Cosgrove No 6 Clearance Order

In relation to the above order, Miss E. Ingram, the owner of property, wrote complaining of the hardship which would be caused by reason of the confirmation of the Minister of Health in this Order.  The Housing Committee reported that it was proposed to purchase Miss Ingram’s and other property included in the order for the purpose of a housing site and it was decided to have informed her accordingly.

Cosgrove Water Extension

An application for extension of the water supply to the Navigation Inn, Cosgrove, was received from the Northampton Brewery Company and the matter was referred to the Public Health Committee, as also was the question of collection of house refuse from there.


Wolverton Express 10th June, 1938

Women’s Institute

Mrs. Atkinson presided at the meeting of the Women’s Institute on Tuesday in the Old Schools.  And interesting lecture on the history of pillow lace was given by Miss Plumb, of Stony Stratford.  A report on the annual general meeting of the NFWI was ably given by Mrs Lovesey, the delegate.  A sandwich cake competition was judged by Miss Plumb and was won by Mrs J. Clarke.  A visit to the Ovaltine Works was decided upon for the summer outing.  Games were enjoyed for the social half hour.  Refreshments hostesses were Mrs. Gascoigne and Mrs. Kightley.


Wolverton Express 24th June, 1938

Bellringers meet at Cosgrove

A joint meeting of the Towcester branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild and the North Bucks branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Change-ringers was held at Cosgrove on Saturday, and was attended by ringers from Bletchley, Maids Moreton, Turvey, Wicken, Little Horwood, Hanslope, Paulerspury, Lois Weedon, Blunham, Newport Pagnell, Winslow, Stony Stratford, Leckhamstead, Passenham, and Cosgrove.

The Guild’s form of service was conducted by the Rev. E J Fenn and an address was given by the Rev. J. Percy Taylor, Vicar of Hanslope.

Tea was catered for at the Barley Mow Inn.  The Rev. EJ Fenn, Mr. W Sear (hon Secretary North Bucks branch), the Rev. J P and Mrs. Taylor, and the Rev. H N C Hewson, rector of Cosgrove joined the ringers at tea, and thanks were voiced by the Rev. J P Taylor, the Rev. E J Fenn, to Mr C. Compton organist and local ringers, and also to Mr. and Mrs. GH Winterbottom for allowing the ringers to visit the Hall gardens at Cosgrove.

After tea Grandsire Triples were rung on the handbells by ringers from Bletchley, Wicken, and Cosgrove, and tunes by the Lambert Trio.  The church bells were kept going during the evening and all had the opportunity of ringing on these melodious and easy going bells.

This was the first joint meeting of the two branches, and by its success it is hoped to arrange a further similar meeting at a later date.


Wolverton Express 15th July, 1938

Feast

The time honoured feast Sunday at Cosgrove false this weekend.  Providing the weather is fine, the occasion is one where there are many visitors and a local band usually provides a programme of music in the evening.  There is now a good bus service to and from the village at Stony Stratford, departure times from Cosgrove being 6.05 pm and 9.45 pm.  No longer does the pleasure Fair visit the village for the few days surrounding Feast Sunday.


Wolverton Express 15th July, 1938

Government post for Cosgrove man

Mr. Keith Minshall Sargeant aged 21 years, who is the only son of Mrs. E M Thacker, Head Teacher of Cosgrove Council School, has received a government appointment in the Colonial Survey, Department of Nigeria.

There were many applications for the four vacancies that were filled and Mr. Sargeant, following a practical course, sets sail in January next.

As a boy he gained a scholarship at Cosgrove Council School, which took him to the Towcester Grammar School, where he studied for seven years and was made a Senior Scholar of the County of Northampton, and proceeded to Cambridge, studying at St Catherine’s College, where he specialised in geography.  He obtained his RA with first class honours and that success resulted in the title of Scholar being conferred upon him. He was also awarded a College prize.


Wolverton Express 22nd July, 1938

Cosgrove Hall Cricket Match

A friendly match took place at Cosgrove hall grounds on Wednesday by kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. GH Winterbottom, when the Cosgrove called team opposed a team from the village.  Teams were 12 aside and the whole team gave their opponents are heavy defeat.  Scores;

Cosgrove: A Noble 10, E Noble 5, J Eglesfield 13, A Lavington 0, A Castle 18, W. Ratcliffe 1, A Bushell 0, H Smith 2, F. Lambert 11, S Kightley 2, T Lovesey not out 2, Priestley 1, extras 1, total 66.

Cosgrove Hall: J Prisley 11, H Ray 0, G. Ellis 6, R Ealey 0, G Beasley 2, W Crowder 0, A. Tompkins 53, C Harmston 1, E J Lambert 12, H Cummings 5, E R Lambert 1, E C Lambert not out 3, extras 7, total 121.


Wolverton Express 22nd July, 1938

Mr. “Jimmy” Knight – Former Crack Cyclist Enters Business

Mr. JJ Knight, formerly of Cosgrove and York Road, Stony Stratford, has left the employ of the LMS railway company at Wolverton in order to take over the business of Mr. H Woodman, corn and meal merchant, of High St, Stony Stratford, which he has acquired.

Mr. Knight left his railway employment on Friday last, when the whole of the members of the fitting-shop assembled to bid farewell to a popular workmates, and at this informal gathering Mr. W Wood, shop steward, introduced a presentation, and Mr W. Neale, a charge hand tool-maker, handed to him a pen and pencil.  Mr. Knight suitably acknowledged.

Mr. Knight, who is 42 years of age, was apprenticed in the Wolverton Railway Works to fitting, and after a short period away following the completion of his apprenticeship he returned to Wolverton.

He is well known over a wide area by reason of having distinguished himself as a champion cyclist on the racing track.  He commenced cycle racing in 1921 and his riding career was packed with many successes against leading men of his day in all parts of the country.  A few of his outstanding achievements were: British Olympic team Paris 1924; third in 25 miles national championship in 1929; Berks Bucks and Oxon champion 1923; London Polytechnic CC, champion 1925; railway champion 1926; Danish Cup winner, 1000 yards, against representatives of four countries; Rudge Whitworth cup winner, 5 miles, and Lasso Cup over the same distance; Polytechnic Remembrance trophy (twice) Northants Centre champion many times and all distances; three firsts and three thirds in the great fifty Kilometre Madison races at Herne Hill, when he had as partners Harry Grant, London, S T Cozens, Manchester, and E W Higgins, Manchester.  He was always the popular idol of the crowds at the Wolverton Whitsuntide sports.  The last season in which he rode was 1936, and although he commenced training in 1935 his career as a cyclist terminated by a knee cap injury whilst at work.

He is the chairman of the Wolverton branch of the Salonike Reunion Association, a position he has held for many years.  He served during the Great War in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and also with the 7th Wiltshire regiment.

We are sure his innumerable friends will wish him success in his new venture.

Mr. Watchman has retired from business and will continue to live in Stony Stratford.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 July 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their July meeting on Tuesday in the beautiful grounds of The Priory, by permission of Captain and Mrs. Atkinson. Forty members were present. Miss Goulston, of Northampton Education Committee, gave a splendid Keep fit lesson, and 20 members took part. An ankle competition was judged by Miss Goulston and Captain Atkinson, and the winners were Miss E. Barby and Mrs. J. Brown. After splendid tea kindly provided by Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Hebson. A Beetle drive took place. The winners were Mrs. Ruff, Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. Williams, and Mrs. Gascoigne.


Wolverton Express 29th July, 1938

Local Preachers Association Meeting at Cosgrove

The little Baptist church at Cosgrove was the scene recently of the quarterly meeting of the Local Preachers Association, where there was a fairly large and representative gathering of members.

But he was very kindly provided and given by the church, and the following ladies waited at the tables: Mesdames Clarke, G. Hooton, Ray, Williams, and Castle, Jr..  At the close of tea, expressions of thanks to those ladies were voiced by Messrs. C. Dickens and Jonathan Young.

[full record of sermons follows]


Wolverton Express 5th August, 1938

North Bucks and South Northants Ringers have “Busman’s holiday”

On Saturday, 23 July, and the Wicken ringers with friends from Stony Stratford, Cosgrove, and Buckingham, went for their annual outing.  Leaving at 8 am the first call was made at Irchester, where a few rounds for the learners and a good course of London Surprise Major were rung on the nice peal of bells, with a tenor weighing 21 cwt.  The party then went on to Thrapston, where they found a much lighter peal and a course of Cambridge and Grandsire were rung.

The journey was continued to Peterborough, where the bells at St John’s church were rung and afterwards lunch was taken.  A visit was paid to the Cathedral and peals were rung on St Mary’s bells.  During the afternoon the party had a long run down to Eaton Socon to have tea and ring at the Parish Church, which was burnt down a few years ago and rebuilt.  On the homeward journey, a nice peal was found at Cardington, and the party finished the day with an hour spent in Bedford.  It proved a very pleasant outing.

On the previous Saturday appeal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major, 5006 changes, was rung at the church of St John the Evangelist, Wicken, in three hours two minutes, by the following: Messrs. Harry G. Ridgway (treble), John A Green (2), Mr C. Lambert (3), William G Whitehead (4); Charles W. Clarke (5), A Nunnely Wood (6), Thomas E. Roberts (7), and Albert J Green (tenor).  The peal was composed by J. Carter and conducted by Mr. A L Green, whose one hundredth peal it was.


Wolverton Express 5th August, 1938

Garden Meeting at Cosgrove Priory - Nursing Association Effort

A successful evening garden meeting was held at Cosgrove Priory on Saturday at the kind invitation of Captain P Y and Mrs Atkinson, who are allowed the use of their grounds in support of the Nursing Association, which serves the villages of Cosgrove, Old Stratford, Deanshanger, and Wicken.  Ideal weather favoured the function which had the support of residence of the villages benefiting by the services of the nurse.

Stalls and amusements were staged and received excellent patronage, whilst a dance was enjoyed by many young people on a floodlit lawn to amplified music supplied by Mr. H H Lampitt, of Wolverton, who was also responsible for the lighting effects.

A whist drive was held in the early evening with Mr. R D Carslake, of Deanshanger as MC, the prizewinners being: ladies 1 Mrs. Kightley, Old Stratford, 2 Mrs. Williams, Cosgrove, lowest Mrs. G Brown, Cosgrove; gentlemen, 1Mr. R Dixon, Wicken, 2 Mrs. Ashley, lowest Mrs. W Starsmore, Wicken.  Mrs. PY Atkinson distributed the prizes.  Annual attraction for many visitors was the beetle drive, organized by Mrs. S Tee, Old Stratford, the winners being 1 Mrs E. Douglas Pennant, 2 Mrs. Barby, mystery Mrs. Mayhew.

In charge of the stalls and sideshows were Miss Marlowe and Miss Hillyer (lemonade); Mrs J. Clarke, Mrs. Prisley, Mrs. Gascoyne, and Mrs. Herbert, all of Cosgrove (produce); Mrs. J Cooper, W Starsmore and Miss M Cooper of Wicken (bowling for Sunday dinner); Mr. G Cooper, Wicken (rolling pennies); Mr. and Mrs. E. Johnson, Deanshanger (darts); Mrs Henson, Cosgrove (spinning wheel); Miss J. Higgins, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Ruff, Cosgrove (silver mine); Miss J Eglesfield and Mr. C Kightley (tub and plates).  The gate was attended by Messrs. S. Williams, A Tack, A Kightley and F Hall.  Responsible for the organisation were the following officials: the Rev. H P Hoskin, Wicken (chairman), Mrs W N Montgomery and Mrs. R D Carslake, Deanshanger, (joint Secretaries), and members of the respective village committees, with Cosgrove members putting in the bulk of the work.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 August 1938

POTTERSPURY TO BE EXCLUDED SEWERAGE AGREEMENT WITH WOLVERTON U.D.C.

It was recommended by the Public Health Committee Tuesday’s meeting of Towcester Rural District Council that an agreement be entered into with Wolverton Urban District Council for receiving sewage from Deanshanger, Old Stratford, Cosgrove and Potterspury, and that following the completion of the agreements the parishes be sewered. An amendment was moved that Potterspury be deleted from the scheme, the view being expressed that it could not be carried out there until the water supply was augmented. The amendment was carried, and the amended recommendation adopted.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 August 1938

CHILDREN’S GALA DAY AT WOLVERTON

The annual children’s gala day arranged by Wolverton Co-operative Society was held in Wolverton Park on Saturday. About 2,000 children were entertained by the educational and management committees and Wolverton, Stony Stratford, and New Bradwell Women’s Guilds. Special buses brought children in from Yardley Gobion, Cosgrove, Potterspury, Deanshanger, Old Bradwell, Hanslope, Castlethorpe. Beachampton, Nash, Whaddon, Upper Weald (Calverton), Shenley, and Loughton. A procession of those taking part in the fancy dress competition was formed outside the Central Stores on the Square. Headed by Bradwell United Band, they marched to the Park and paraded round the oval. Boys’ and girls’ races, with humorous Interludes by Chasewater Charlie, were held until a picnic tea was served, followed by a Punch and Judy show.


Wolverton Express 27th August, 1938

Cosgrove Refuse Tip

The Public Health Committee reported the receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Health stating that it had been brought to the Minister’s notice that the refuse tip of Cosgrove was last year so badly on fire that a boy was seriously injured there.  The Minister wished to be furnished with information as to the conditions now existing at the tip and especially whether the Ministry’s suggested precautions were being strictly complied with.  In relation thereunto and the Sanitary Inspector having reported that so far as it was possible the precautions suggested by the Ministry were being carried out, it was resolved that it be an instruction to the Sanitary Inspector to use all endeavours to keep the various tips in the district in a more satisfactory and safe condition, and if necessary to engage extra labour for this purpose.


Wolverton Express 9th September, 1938

Canal Boats held up at Cosgrove

For 16 hours on Wednesday, from 3 am until 7.10 pm, no fewer than 18 canal motor boats were held up on the Old Wolverton side of the Cosgrove Locks on their way north.

The reason for the holdup was repair work being carried out to the Cosgrove Locks.  At 3 am Mr. Arthur Ashby, the local lock keeper, together with other canal employees, commenced with the aid of acetylene lamps to prepare for the work to be carried out.  A dam was formed by large wooden planks weighing several hundredweights, being placed in the narrow portion of the canal at the entrance of the basin and the lock was drained together with the basin by the running off of water through a tunnel through the canal bank, the water running into the Broadwaters.

Many fish unable to get through the drain owing to their size were rescued by the workmen and transferred to the water.  No boats were held up on the Cosgrove side of the locks owing to a similar repair work being in operation at Stoke Bruerne locks, where a further convoy of southbound boats were waiting.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 September 1938

COSGROVE

At the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women's Institute, Mrs. Atkinson presiding, Miss Agnes Stops gave a lecture on “Our Members Overseas,” and exhibited some fine things they had made. Miss Stops was thanked by Mrs. Atkinson. A competition for the best dinner for sixpence was judged by Miss Stops and won by Mrs. W. Clarke. The hostesses were Miss Marlow and Miss Hillyer. The social half hour was spent in community singing and dancing.


Wolverton Express 9th September, 1938

Canal Boats held up at Cosgrove

For 16 hours on Wednesday, from 3 am until 7.10 pm, no fewer than 18 canal motor boats were held up on the Old Wolverton side of the Cosgrove Locks on their way north.

The reason for the holdup was repair work being carried out to the Cosgrove Locks.  At 3 am Mr. Arthur Ashby, the local lock keeper, together with other canal employees, commenced with the aid of acetylene lamps to prepare for the work to be carried out.  A dam was formed by large wooden planks weighing several hundredweights, being placed in the narrow portion of the canal at the entrance of the basin and the lock was drained together with the basin by the running off of water through a tunnel through the canal bank, the water running into the Broadwaters.

Many fish unable to get through the drain owing to their size were rescued by the workmen and transferred to the water.  No boats were held up on the Cosgrove side of the locks owing to a similar repair work being in operation at Stoke Bruerne locks, where a further convoy of southbound boats were waiting.


Wolverton Express 16th September, 1938

Scholastic Success

Miss Gwendoline Jelley, the 17 year old only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm E Jelley, has been successful in passing the intermediate Arts Examination of the University of London.  She is a pupil at the Towcester Grammar School.


Wolverton Express 23rd September, 1938

Boat Overturns in Canal

Two Cosgrove use named Pettifer and Herbert got a ducking in the Canal at Cosgrove on Monday evening, the incident being witnessed by a number of villagers who stood on the road bridge.  It appears that a boat, believed to be of their own construction, was being given a test and that a rail which should be in the boat to keep it balanced was left out.  Both scrambled safely to the bank with only a soaking as the result of their adventure.


Wolverton Express 23rd September, 1938

Cosgrove Man’s Fatal Injuries - Knocked off Bicycle at Potterspury

Mr. Arthur Frederick Jelley, a 73 year old retired farmer, of Brewery House, Cosgrove, was knocked off his pedal cycle near the turning into Potterspury Village at a point near Potterspury House, on the Watling Street, on Saturday and sustained injuries from which he died soon after admission to the Northampton General Hospital.

At the time of the happening, we understand that Mr. Jelley was on his way to visit property known as Grafton Terrace, High Street, Potterspury, which he purchased at the recent sale of part of the Duke of Grafton’s estate.

Mr. Jelley was a widower and was well known in the district around Cosgrove and Potterspury.  For many years he managed the Post Office and Cosgrove in conjunction with the bakery business and later took up farming, from which he retired 12 months ago.

A formal inquiry into the cause of death was held at the Northampton General Hospital on Monday mid-day when Mr. A J Darnell, Borough Coroner, heard evidence of identification and adjourned the inquest until today Friday at 2.30 pm.

The Inquest

The car involved in the accident was driven by Percy Joseph Wilson of Bourne End, Cranfield.

Appearing for Jelley’s relatives was Mr. J G Jones (Messrs. Parrott & Sons Stony Stratford), while Inspector Bone of Towcester represented the Northamptonshire County Police.

Mr. John and Milligan, house surgeon at the hospital, said Jelley was admitted at 4 pm on Saturday with a small punctured wound on the right arm, a slight head abrasion, and a more extensive abrasion above the left eyebrow.  Jelley was unconscious and died soon after admission.

Death was due to a fracture of the skull, cerebral haemorrhage, and a puncture of the right lung.

Evidence of identification was given by George William Ruff, lorry driver, of Brewery House, Cosgrove, Jelley’s son-in-law.  He said he last saw Jelley at seven o’clock on Saturday morning when he was getting ready to go to a meet of the hounds. He was a very active and healthy man.  He had ridden a bicycle for years.

“I have heard him talk about when he rode a penny farthing”, said witness.

“I have ridden one,” said the Coroner.

Ralph said he thought his father-in-law was going to Potterspury.  He added that Jelley cycled nearly every day.

The Funeral

The funeral took place on Tuesday at Cosgrove deceased being laid to rest in the new portion of the churchyard close beside the grave in which his wife was interred just over a year ago.

The Rev. H N C Hewson (Rector) conducted the service assisted by the Rev. R J Fenn (Castlethorpe).

Mourners present were Mr. and Mrs. G Ruff, Mr. and Mrs. A. Markham, Newnham (sons in law and daughters), Mr. T Jelley (brother), Mrs M Jelley Cosgrove (cousin), Mr. J Ruff, JP, and Miss Hooton (friends).  Also present were Captain P Y Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory), Mr. John Franklin, Mr J. Higgins, Mr. W Crowder (Cosgrove) Mrs. T. Dickens, and Mrs. Branson (Hanslope). 


Wolverton Express 23rd September, 1938

No Water Yet for Navigation Inn Cosgrove

The Public Health Committee reported the receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Health enclosing for the information of the Council, a copy of a letter received from the Northampton Brewery Company respecting the refusal of the Council to extend the sanitary services to the Navigation Inn Cosgrove.  In relation thereunto it was resolved:

That the Ministry be informed that owing to the distance to the Navigation Inn from the present area of house refuse and night soil collection and to the fact that collection from these premises was not included in the contract at the same time this was entered into, the Council cannot at this stage see their way clear to incur expense of extending services to the premises, but there on the next occasion of entering into contracts, namely, in March 1939, the question of extending the services to the premises will be considered.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 September 1938

COUNCIL

It was stated that the offer of Mr. W. W. Dickens of a housing site of 1½ acres at Cosgrove had been accepted for £255, and sub-committee composed of the Chairman, Mr. W. N. Montgomery. Mr. W. W. Dickens. Mr. J. Soper, and officials, was appointed to deal with the matter.

The Cosgrove, Furtho and Passenham sewerage scheme was included in the yearly estimates at £8,799.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 September 1938

AGED CYCLIST

After hearing medical evidence and evidence of identification the Borough Coroner (Mr. A. J. Darnell) on Monday adjourned until Friday the inquest on 73-years-old Arthur Frederick Jelley, retired farmer, of Brewery House, Cosgrove, who received fatal injuries when his bicycle was involved in collision with car on the Watling Street at Potterspury, on Saturday afternoon. Jelley died soon after admission to Northampton General Hospital, where the inquest was opened. The car involved in the accident was driven by Percy Joseph Wilson, of Bourne-end. Cranfield. Appearing for Jelley’s relatives was Mr. J. O. Jones (Messrs. Parrott and Sons, Stony Stratford), while Inspector Bone, of Towcester, represented the Northamptonshire County Police. Mr. John Milligan, house surgeon at the Hospital, said Jelley was admitted at 4.5 p.m. on Saturday with a small punctured wound on the right arm, slight head abrasion, and a more extensive abrasion above the left eyebrow. Jelley was unconscious, and died soon after admission. Death was due to a fracture of the skull, cerebral hemorrhage, and a puncture of the right lung.

WHEN THE CORONER RODE

Evidence of identification was given by George Williamson Ruff, lorry driver, of Brewery House, Cosgrove, Jelley’s son-in-law. He said he last saw Jelley at seven o’clock on Saturday morning, when he was getting ready to go to meet of the hounds. He was a very active and healthy man. He had ridden bicycle for years. I have heard him talk about when he rode a penny-farthing,’ said witness. I have ridden one,” said the Coroner. Ruff said he thought his father-in-law was going to Potterspury. He added that Jelley cycled nearly every day.


Wolverton Express 30th September, 1938

Badger Hunting at Cosgrove

Two large badgers were located and killed within ten minutes at the commencement of a hunt in the Cosgrove Spinney, alongside the canal, on Sunday morning last.  This was the quickest hunt that Mr W. Robinson, of Great Linford, had ever experienced.


Wolverton Express 30th September, 1938

Accidental Death - Verdict on Retired Cosgrove Farmer

The postponed inquest on Arthur Frederick Jelley, a retired Farmer, of Brewery House Cosgrove, who died from injuries received after being knocked off his pedal cycle at Potterspury on Saturday, 17 September, was held at the guildhall, Northampton, on Friday, 23 September.

Deceased’s death took place a few hours after admission to the Northampton General Hospital and was due to a fractured skull.

Mr. A J Darnell, Northampton Borough Coroner, sat with a jury.

Mr. J O Jones (Messrs. W B Parrott & Sons) Stony Stratford represented the relatives of the dead man, whilst the driver of the car was represented by Mr. J B Budge (Messrs. Budge Percival and Budge), Towcester and Northampton.  Inspector Bone, Towcester, represented Northants constabulary.

Eyewitness Evidence

Mrs. Edith Jones 47 oak wood crescent but were in town Greenford, said she was standing on the pavement alongside the Watling Street Potterspury at about 2 o’clock on the Saturday afternoon.  Her husband was changing a wheel of the car, they being on their journey home from holidays.  She noticed the pedal cyclist coming from Stony Stratford upon his correct side and as he passed and she saw the motor car approaching from the same direction.

“The next thing I saw was the car colliding into the cyclist and then I covered up my face and shouted to my husband.”

The coroner: did you notice whether the cyclist gave any signal that he was going to cross the road?

Witness: I did not notice anything.

As far as you are able to say, was he continuing his way along the Watling street? – Yes

Was there any other traffic coming from the opposite direction? – No

Did you see what part of the car struck the man? – Just the front

Did the cyclists swerve at all? – No

Mr. J S Budge (for the driver): do you know whereabouts the impact took place?

Witness: the car seemed to be in the centre “lane” of the road.

There was no reason why the car should not be going quickly? – No

Do you agree that this accident was unavoidable? – I don’t think that is a fair question for me to answer.

The Coroner repeated the question and answer to the jury and Mr. Budge said “we will leave that then to the jury.”

The foreman of the jury asked if witness thought the man’s attention was centred on witness’s husband mending a puncture, to which the Coroner interjected “probably it was.”

John Jones, husband of the previous witness, said he looked up when his wife shouted and saw the car making for the crown of the road and the cyclist was on the ground with his cycle on top of him.  He had not seen the car before and it seemed to swerve from its correct side to the crown of the road.

Mr. Budge: did you notice what might appear two sacks on the bicycle?

Witness: not until afterwards

Whereabouts on the roads were they?  One was on the grass verge.

Driver’s Passenger’s Story

William Henry Green, 74 High Street, Cranfield, Beds, said he was a passenger in a Ford 8 HP car and seated beside the driver.  He first saw the cyclist 100 yards away when he was going along in a normal way and about a yard from the kerb.  A stationary car was about 6 yards on the Stony Stratford side of the lane heading to Potterspury.  The driver of the car pulled out to overtake the cyclist and would be half and half over the first of three lines.

“Without giving the car driver any signal, the cyclist suddenly swerved to the rights, and the driver swerved also to the right and applied his brakes,” explained witness.

The Coroner: what part of the car caught the cyclist?

Witness: the nearside wing and then the door.

What was the speed of the car? – from 40 to 45 mph.

Mr. Jones: if the cyclist had swerved as you have said, what part of the cycle was struck?

Witness : I could not be sure.

Mr. Budge: where were the bags on the machine?

Witness : there were two bags when we ran back to the cyclist.

Inspector Bone: where was the cyclist when your car was half and half over the white line?

Witness: about three yards from the kerb, and when we were about to overtake him he swerved to the centre of the road.

Foreman of the jury: what’s the coalition take place in the actual swerve of the cyclist and car?

Witness : yes

Undamaged Cycle

PC Mountford, stationed at Potterspury, gave the width of the road as 30 feet.  Upon examination of the cycle he could not find where it had been struck, nor any marks of damage.  No marks could neither be found on the roadway to indicate to the point of impact.

The Coroner: that rather leads one to suppose that the body was struck and not the cycle.

Witness: that’s what I suppose.

The constable added that had torn bag and another bag were found on the road and from what he saw on the road they had contained sand to the weight of 33lb each.  He was told that Jelley never rode with anything on his handlebars, but always tied everything to his crossbar.

The Coroner: did you find any marks on the car?

Witness: yes sir.  On the left hand side have the front mud guards which indicated that the car had struck one of the bags of sand.

The brakes of the cart were in perfect order the skid marks of the car were 23 feet before the lane to the road and 55 feet before the turn.

In reply to Mr. Jones the constable said that it would not be safe to carry bags of sand on a bicycle on the Watling Street as wind from passing vehicles often made a cyclist swerve, even without anything on a cycle.

Holding up one of the bags which had no handle attached, Mr. Budge past the constable how could it be tied to the machine, to which the constable said he could not be done and agreed with a suggestion by Mr. Budge that it may have been held under one of Jelley’s arms.

Mr. Budge suggested that if under his right arm he would not have been able to give a signal, to which the constable agreed.

The Coroner: nobody has said he did give a signal.

Replying to Inspector Bone, the constable said the front of the car must have passed before the impact occurred.

PC Mountford said it was the first time he had seen Jelley use the main road; he usually came to Potterspury by way of the Yardley road.

Percy John Wilson, of Bourne End, Cranfield, said his speed would be from 35 to 40 miles per hour.  He pulled out to pass the cyclist, who swerved suddenly to his right.  Witness also swerved to the right, trying to avoid a collision, and applied his brakes, but some part of the car struck the cyclist.

Mr. Budge : he had held a licence for 10 years and never had a previous accident.

The jury after a retirement, returned a verdict of “accidental death”.  Sympathy with the bereaved relatives was expressed on behalf of the driver by Mr. Budge.


Wolverton Express 30th September, 1938

Cosgrove Man’s Experience

Visiting Northampton on Saturday, a Wolverton Railway Works employee, living at Cosgrove, had an eventful return journey.  Entering the station hurriedly he boarded a train just about to start.  Through Castlethorpe and Wolverton the train speeded, much to the consternation of the traveller, and it was a relief to him when the train came to a stop at Bletchley.  The time was close upon midnight and as the next train to Wolverton was shortly after 1 o’clock he decided to take forty winks in the waiting room until that time arrived.  Before so doing so he asked the person to wake him if necessary, but he was still asleep when a person discovered him at about 5 am..

He at once thought of making tracks for home – Bletchley to Cosgrove, a distance of 9 miles – and having been a marathon runner in his native Irish country he made light work of the journey and relieved an anxious wife when he arrived in time for breakfast.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 October 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presiding over about 40 members. There were several visitors. Mr. C. F. Lawrence gave an interesting gardening lecture and also judged a Potato, [grown by] Mrs. Childs. Mr. Lawrence was largest quantity, Mrs. Atkinson with 25 lbs.; best quality, Miss Barby, freak potato, Mrs. Childs. Mr. Laurence was thanked by Mrs. Atkinson. The hostesses were Mrs. J. Clark and Miss Rosie Hooton. The social half hour was spent in dancing.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 October 1938

RECTOR LEARNS TO TRICYCLE AT 85

TENACITY of purpose is a strong trait in the character of the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson, the aged rector of Cosgrove. Now aged 85, he has just learnt to ride a tricycle in order to see more of his parishioners.

Wolverton Express 7th October, 1938

Rector Learns to Ride Tricycle at Eighty Five Years of Age

Learning to ride a tricycle at 85 years of age in order that he might be able to visit more of his parishioners is the feat of the Rev. H N C Hewson, rector of Cosgrove, whose parish extends to the Watling Street at Old Stratford.

The rector, who is about 5 feet, is very energetic for a man of his years, and he informed our representative that he bought the tricycle from a garage at Stony Stratford.

When asked whether he could ride a machine without aid he replied “certainly”, and a few minutes later mounted the machine in the Rectory drive and proceeded down the drive when our photographer snapped him.

The Rev. H N C Hewson became rector of Cosgrove in 1893, but owing to a lawsuit left the parish in 1908, but made a surprise return in 1932.  During that 24 years’ absence he preached for sick clergyman all over England, Scotland, and Wales.

Three years ago he married the widow of Mr. George Edward Teale, the son of the late Lieutenant Colonel George Teale of Calcutta.  His wife, who is 33 years his junior, has considerable religious experience and is able to assist her husband in his church work.


Wolverton Express 7th October, 1938

Parish Church

Harvest festival services were held at SS Peter and Paul Church on 28 September when a large congregation heard an excellent sermon preached by the Rev. Canon E V Martin, Rural Dean, of Hartwell, in which he appealed for people to put God first in all things and not forgive him second place as is so often the case.  The church was beautifully decorated by the ladies with gifts of fruit, flowers and vegetables, and also a white hand-made linen and lace altar cloth given by Mrs. Hewson.  The festival was continued on Sunday and was conducted with power by the Rector the Rev. H N C Hewson.  Both morning and evening services were well attended.  The offertories were on behalf of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Northampton General Hospital.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 October 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held a social in the Old School on Friday. The programme consisted of games and dancing. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano, assisted by Miss Elsie Prisley. Mrs. Davess rendered two songs, and a musical sketch was given by Mrs. H. Castle, Mrs. Prisley. Mrs. Lovesey, Mrs. Hebson. Mrs. Loughrey Mrs. Johnson, Miss J. Higgins, Miss R. Hooton. and Masters Terry and Vincent Lovescy. Miss M. Hillyer was doorkeeper.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 November 1938

The Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Mrs. Whiting presiding. Thirty members were present. Next year’s programme was discussed. The social half hour was spent in playing beetle and dominoes. A competition for the best arranged vase of autumn leaves was won by Mrs. J. Clarke. The hostesses were Mrs. Whiting and Mrs. Heap.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 November 1938

PIKE ON DEAD BAIT

Fishing the Broadwater, Cosgrove, S. Hemmings and friends had good sport with pike. Three fish landed were 10lbs., 10lbs., 51bs., the latter fish falling to dead bait being slowly drawn towards the bank.


Wolverton Express 18th November, 1938

At Cosgrove

The record sum of £6  11s  0d was collected in Cosgrove by Mrs. Johnson (£3  16s  6d), and Miss K Bushell and Miss R Prisley (£2  14s  6d).  Mrs. P Y Atkinson of the Priory, was again the organizer and thanks all the residents for their most generous support.


Wolverton Express 18th November, 1938

Women’s Institute Birthday Party

A birthday party by members of the Women’s Institute whose birthdays fall between August and December was given to the other members in the Old School on 10 November.  A company numbering about fifty was present and the evening began with a supper which was a lavish spread.  The chief interest was a large birthday cake given by Mrs. P Y Atkinson (president), the cake bearing six candles representing the number of years the Institute had been in being.  In cutting the cake, the President hoped that the past six happy years would be followed by an equally enjoyable time in the future.  Each person received a portion of the cake, as did also several members who were prevented attending through illness.  A bouquet was presented to Mrs Atkinson, being handed to her by the eldest birthday member, Mrs. A. Childs, the gift having been subscribed to by the birthday members in appreciation of the President’s generous help towards the party.  Games and dancing constituted the programme for the remainder of the evening with Mrs W Castle as NC and Mrs Andrews kindly giving her services at the piano.  An amusing sketch entitled “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was performed by Mesdames P Y Atkinson, F Hillyer, J. Clarke, Gallop, Johnson, A Loughrey, J. Hobson, and Miss Sheila Knibbs.  A most enjoyable party was experienced, and thanks to those responsible for the arrangements were voiced by Miss J. Higgins, the Institute Secretary.


Wolverton Express 25th November, 1938

Cosgrove Fire Appliances

A letter was received from the Rev. H N C Hewson, Rector of Cosgrove, respecting the desirability of providing some kind of fire appliances for the village and also suggesting the provision of an incinerator for burning the house refuse collected in the village.  The Council decided that the Rev Hewson be informed: 1) that under the provisions of the Fire Brigade Act, 1938, the question of the provision of adequate fire-fighting appliances for the whole of the district will in the near future be receiving the attention of the council; 2) that the council cannot at the present time entertain the question of installing an incinerator for refuse destruction purposes.

Cosgrove Water Supply

Mr. Dickens raise the question of an inadequate water supply at Cosgrove and handed the clerk, Mr. J S Budge, a letter of complaint from Mr. W Crowder, of that village.

Mr T. Harris informed the Council that he had inspected the pump and by accident found a defect which was being repaired at once, but it was, however, not necessarily that that was the exact cause of the trouble.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 November 1938

WANTED. Gardner-Chauffeur, Handy man, in December. Married No children. —Miss Balfour, Cosgrove. Stony Stratford.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 December 1938

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held their annual meeting, Mrs. Atkinson presiding. Officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows: President, Mrs. Atkinson; vice-president, Mrs. Whiting; committee, Mrs. Lovesey, Mrs. Prisley, Mrs. Hebson, Mrs. Gallop, Miss Wake, Miss Marlow, Miss Hillyer, and Miss Higgins. A competition for the best dressed doll was won by Mrs. Prisley. There were 36 dolls for dressing given by Mrs. Atkinson. The Misses Atkinson, of Paulerspury, judged the competition. The hostesses were Mrs. Lord and Mrs. Knibb.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 December 1938

How police officers found stolen pullets and cockerels in the garden of accused’s home was described in case in which Frederick George Waite (17), plasterer’s assistant. The Green Cosgrove, pleaded guilty to three charges of theft, was charged with stealing two pullets worth 11s., the property of Richard Knibb, of Cosgrove, between October 27 and December 18, three pullets belonging to George Sayers, of Stony Stratford, worth 15s., between November 14 and December 18, at Passenham; two cockerels worth 7s belonging to William George Smith, old age pensioner, 7, King Edward-street. New Bradwell, between October 1 and December 18.

P.C. Mountford gave evidence that when he saw Waite at his home and asked him where the poultry came from he said, “I pinched them.” Supt. Barker said Waite could hardly read or write. He had been fined £1 earlier this year for stealing a pair of gloves from a cycle shed at a Wolverton cinema. Waite was put on probation for two years and ordered to pay 17s 6d costs.

On the Bench were Colonel P. Douglas-Pennant (chairman), Mrs. A. M. Jenkinson, Mr. J. D. Lees, and Mr. W. E. Douglas.


Wolverton Express 30th December, 1938

Placed on Probation – Cosgrove Youth on Fowl Stealing Charges

How police officers found stolen pullets and cockerels in the garden of accused’s home was described at the Towcester Police court on Tuesday, 20 December, in a case in which Frederick George Waite (17) plasterer’s assistant, The Green, Cosgrove, pleaded guilty to three charges of theft.

He was charged with stealing two pullets worth 11s, the property of Richard Knibb, of Cosgrove, between 27 October and 18 December, three pullets belonging to George Sayers, of Stony Stratford, worth 15s, between 14 November 18 December, at Passenham; two cockerels worth 7s belonging to William George Smith, old age pensioner, 7 King Edward Street, New Bradwell, between 1 October and 18 December.

PC Mountford gave evidence that when he saw Waite at his home and asked him where the poultry came from he said “I pinched them”.

Superintendent Barker said Waite could hardly read or write.  He had been fined £1 earlier this year for stealing a pair of gloves from a cycle shed at a Wolverton cinema.  Waite was put on probation for two years and ordered to pay 17s 6d costs.


Wolverton Express 30th December, 1938

Cosgrove Hall Staff Ball

Happy Gathering at Regent Hall, Stony Stratford

A company numbering of 130 people of varying ages were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. G H Winterbottom of Cosgrove Hall, on the occasion of the annual staff ball on Wednesday evening in the Regent Hall, Stony Stratford.

From 8.30 until nearly 2.30 am on Thursday a programme of dancing interspersed with a cabaret was entered into with a seasonal jollity and those privileged had to be present could not but have enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

Dances by the Rhythm Aces Band included the now popular “Chestnut Tree”, “Lambeth Walk”, and the “Palais Glide”.  A number of old time waltzes were also included.

A cabaret took the form of items from the programmes of Mrs Winterbottom’s concert party and the eastern dances by Mr. Eric D. Kitchener of Olney, and Mr C Dytham of Wolverton, proved the most amusing burlesque.  There were also some scenes by Mrs. G H Winterbottom attired in picturesque Crinoline dress, and Mr. Eric Kitchener, which brought forth warm applause.  Master Bernard Appleton also delighted with the song “Smiling through” and the high spot of the evening was the performances on the drums of Carl Nichols, a small boy with his father at the piano.

Captain Hyde Upward expressed regret at the absence of Mr. G H Winterbottom who is recovering in health and had asked him to convey wishes to all for the happiest of New Years.

Cheers were given for the host ana host and a popular refrain sung.

Mrs Winterbottom was handed a choice bouquet of pink carnations by Master Nicholls, the gift being from a few friends, whilst Miss Sybil Hughes made to Mrs Winterbottom the gift of a case of growing bulbs as a token of the esteem from members of Cosgrove Hall staff.  A concluding presentation was that of a box of chocolates from members of the Rhythm Aces Band in appreciation of Mrs Winterbottom’s kindness to them.

During an interval of the programme refreshments were served at a buffet in a most able manner by Mrs. Knight and staff of the Bull Hotel.  These refreshments were provided by the host and hostess.

The ball concluded with the singing of Auld Lang Syne followed by the National Anthem.

The Regent Hall was gaily decorated and special lighting was added by Mr. E W Butler of Wolverton.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 January 1939

COSGROVE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE

New Year party was attended by about 150. The programme consisted of dances old and new, games and competitions. Two sketches were performed by members. “Our At Home Day” was given by Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Johnson, and Miss R. Hooton, and “The Interfering Husband” by Mrs. Hillyer, Mrs. Lovesey and Mrs. Kelson. Much amusement was caused by the entrance of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, presented by members. Mrs. Andrews was at the piano, assisted by Miss Elsie Prisby. Mrs. Helson and Mrs. Gallop were the M.C.s, and refreshments were served by Miss Marlow and the committee. Miss Hillyer and Mrs. Prisley were in charge at the door.

ABOUT 40 MEMBERS attended the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. Atkinson presided. Miss Prisley won the mince-pie competition and also guessed the correct number of pearls in necklace. Mrs. Johnson won second prize for mince pies. The hostesses were Mrs. and Miss Higgins.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 January 1939

COSGROVE

Thirty villagers of 60 years of age and over sat down to a meat supper provided by Cosgrove Women’s Institute. The Rev. Henson attended. Songs and dances were accompanied by Mrs. Andrew. Mrs. C. R. Whiting sang and Mrs. M. Whiting gave an exhibition of conjuring tricks. Those taking part in two sketches were: Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. J. Johnson; Mrs. Lovesey and Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Hobson was M.C. Captain and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson were present.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 February 1939

UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES.

Unemployment in the Wolverton district is apparently on the upgrade. The total number registered at Wolverton Labour Exchange, which embraces towns and villages in a five miles radius, was 263 last week, compared with 176 a year ago. A large part of the increase was due to the severe weather. The floods caused a postponement of work at the Cosgrove gravel pits, and men engaged in the building trades had to stand off temporarily. Short time workers accounted for 96 of the total, and this figure should soon show a reduction.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 February 1939

COSGROVE

At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, Mrs. Atkinson presided and an interesting talk on A.R.P. was given by Mrs. Lievesley. Northampton. The winners of a competition for a household hint were Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Andrew. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Hebson and Mrs. Gallop, and the social half-hour was spent in playing darts.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 March 1939

COSGROVE

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women s Institute was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson. A demonstration on how to make a hassock from treacle tins was given by a member, Mrs. M. Jelly. A hyacinth competition was won by Miss Higgins, second prize going to Miss M. Hillyer. Mrs. Hillyer and Mrs. W. Clarke were hostesses.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 March 1939

AT COSGROVE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE PARTY Hanslope and Castlethorpe visitors were welcomed by Mrs. Atkinson at a party held by Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Those contributing entertainment were Mrs. Davis. Mrs. Gascoigne, Mrs. Prisley (songs), Mrs. P. Hillyer (monologue). Mrs. Hebson, Mrs. Lovesey (sketch). Much amusement was caused the entry of Snow White and Seven Dwarfs. A competition arranged by Mrs. J. Clarke was won by Mrs. F. Busby (Hanslope). The rest of the evening was spent in dancing and musical games, for which there were prizes. Mrs. Andrew was at the piano, assisted by Miss Elsie Prisley. Mrs. Hebson was M.C., and the door stewards were Miss Hillyer and Mrs Gallop. Refreshments were served by the social committee, under the supervision of Miss Marlow.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 April 1939

MANOR FARM COSGROVE.

4 SHORTHORN CATTLE, 3 Cows in-profit and in-calf, 1 Yearling Steer.

100 BORDER LEICESTER SHEEP, 49 Theaves with their 67 Lambs, 49 Ewe Tegs (30 of which are either Down Lambing or with Lambs), Suffolk and Western Rams.

CHESTNUT CART MARE.

A Useful Collection of
IMPLEMENTS & MACHINES.
FORDSON TRACTOR.

106 ACRES OF GRASS KEEPING. in 9 Convenient Lots. Shepherd provided.

Peirce, Thorpe and Marriott
Have been favoured with instructions from Mr. R. Knibb
(who has taken an agency with the Albion Cake Co.)

TO SELL THE ABOVE BY AUCTION,

On MONDAY, MAY 8, 1939,
Commencing at Two o’clock.

 No Catalogues.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 April 1939

RECTOR SPRINGS SURPRISE

NOMINATES SON AS WARDEN

THE Rev. H. N. C. Hewson, 85 years-old Rector of the South Northamptonshire village of Cosgrove, sprang a surprise when he announced that he would not nominate Captain Philip Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, as his warden for the ensuing year. For no fewer than 50 years, the office of Rector's Warden at Cosgrove has been filled by a member of the Atkinson family, by Captain Philip Atkinson and his father, the late Mr. J. J. Atkinson.

After the Rector’s decision was announced, the vestry meeting was temporarily suspended while a parishioner went to inquire if a Mr. Prisley would accept the office, but he declined. Meanwhile, in consequence of the Rector’s decision, Mr. R. Whiting announced that he would not accept re-election as People’s Warden, and another member of the Parochial Church Council expressed her decision not to continue. Eventually, the Rector nominated his son as his warden, but the office of People’s Warden remains vacant.

“VERY SAD”

Captain Atkinson, who had just returned from Scotland, told a Mercury and Herald reporter that he was unable to throw any light on the situation. The Rector’s action, he said, came as a complete surprise to him. “There has been no unpleasantness,” he added. “It is very sad. I am fond of the old church.”

The living, which is in the Preston Deanery, was purchased by the Rector some years ago. He was appointed Rector, when trustees were the patrons, in 1893, but was absent from the living for 25 years. The population of the village is about 650.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 June 1939

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held its monthly meeting on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presided over about 20 members. After the business. Miss Stops gave a helpful talk. The whistling competition was won by Mrs. Prisley and Miss Marlow. Tea hostesses were Mrs. and Miss Knibb.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 June 1939

WON M.C.

Capt. P. Y. Atkinson, who lives at Cosgrove Priory, is a son of the late Mr. J. J. Atkinson, one of the original members of Northamptonshire County Council. Mr. Atkinson was elected to the County Council in 1934, and was a member of the old Potterspury R.D.C. from 1924 to 1926 and also sat on the Potterspury Board of Guardians. During the war Mr. Atkinson served with the 5th Dragoon Guards. He obtained Captain’s rank and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. He is a keen supporter of the Grafton Hunt.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 July 1939

By direction of the Education Committee
of the Northamptonshire County Council.

COSGROVE

2 miles from Stony Stratford, 4 miles
from Wolverton. 8 miles from Towcester,
and 12 miles from Northampton.

A DETACHED FREEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSE
known as

THE SCHOOL HOUSE, COSGROVE.

The Property is Brick Built, partly Slated and Tiled, and contains; Three Bedrooms, two fitted grates and one having an electric heating plug and cupboard; Entrance Hall; Two Sitting Rooms (one with bay) each fitted grate; Breakfast Room, fitted grate, electric heating plug and cupboard; Pantry; Larder; Kitchen, fitted inter-oven grate, table and cupboard; Scullery, fitted sink and copper; Bathroom, fitted bath and basin.

Brick paved Yard with access through double doors to street; Closet, brick-built and slated Garage and Coal Store adjoining; Small Lean-to Greenhouse, and a Garden, well stocked with productive fruit trees.

Electric Light. Water Supply.

VACANT POSSESSION.

TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY AUCTION,

BY J. C. J. Legge FAI.,

AT THE BARGE INN, COSGROVE,

On WEDNESDAY, JULY 26th, 1939,

At Seven o’clock in the Evening,

Subject to Conditions of Sale to be then produced.

For full Particulars and Key, apply to the Auctioneer. House, Shop, Land, Estate and Valuation Offices, 14, Castilian-street, Northampton. Telephone 50 (two lines).

Solicitor; J. ALAN TURNER, Esq., Clerk of the Northamptonshire County Council, County Hall, Northampton. Telephone Nos. 791/2.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 July 1939

Cosgrove Women’s Institute’s monthly meeting was held in the beautiful grounds of The Priory, lent by Captain and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson. The meeting was well attended, and afterwards members were the guests of Mrs. Atkinson at tea. The rest of the time was spent in sports and games. Mrs. Prisley arranged a spelling bee and acted as spelling mistress. The competition for the best arranged flowers on a soup plate was won by Mrs. J. Clarke, with Mrs. Herbert second.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 July 1939

£20,935 SCHEME

The Public Health Committee reported that plans had been submitted for the complete sewerage scheme for the parishes of Cosgrove and Passenham, together with an estimate of the cost, amounting to £20,935, as prepared by the Engineer (Mr. A. J. Dent Young). Mr. R. L. C. Ridgway criticised what he thought was unnecessary delay in proceeding with the scheme.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 July 1939

DELAY POSSIBLE

In 1938 191 houses were completed Blisworth (29), Cold Higham (4), Cosgrove (2), Pattishall (16), Passenham (70), Potterspury (2), Silverstone (20), and Towcester (48). A further 139 houses were in course of erection, but although sites for a further 177 were in course of selection and negotiation, it was unfortunate to record that the building of many of them might be delayed if the difficulties of obtaining suitable sites and water supplies were not more speedily overcome.

The rate of demolition of condemned property by owners was slow, and in some cases sites were only partially cleared. A survey carried out to assess the number of houses required for members of the agricultural population revealed that 60 houses were needed.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 September 1939

By arrangement with the Northamptonshire County village of Cosgrove will be served in case of emergency by the air raid precaution services at Wolverton.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 October 1939

At present there are 40 girls at the [Moulton Agricultural] Institute. This has meant providing emergency accommodation, but all are housed in Institute premises. If, however, the number should be increased to 50, several of them would have to sleep out. The girls train in groups, and the work includes at least one talk or demonstration daily. In the evening, they foregather in the recreation room, where there is a wireless set, piano, ping-pong, and billiards.

Among the land girls at Moulton now is Mrs. Peter Heap, of Cosgrove, formerly Miss Betty Wren, of Northampton, who was married after the war began.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 October 1939

At an emergency committee of the council the sanitary inspector reported that certain condemned cottages in the parishes of Cosgrove, Passenham and Potterspury had been re-occupied. The committee decided that no action would be taken for the time being with to the re-occupation of condemned cottages where the new tenants had already taken up residence, but that in all cases which came to his notice the chief sanitary inspector should be instructed to warn the owners of condemned cottages which were about to be re-occupied.

RESOLUTION RESCINDED

Mr. R. L. C. Ridgway raised the question of houses Cosgrove which had been vacated under a demolition order, having been re-let at 7s per week to persons outside the district, whereas before the order they were let at only 3s per week. Mr. Ridgway contended that it was making capital out of national crisis.

It was pointed out that if the cottages were not vacated in six months the Council would lose any grant under the demolition order. Mr. Ridgway therefore proposed that the resolution of the emergency committee be rescinded. The Council accepted Mr. Ridgway’s amendment and decided to take immediate steps to vacate the condemned houses that had been occupied. The report of the emergency committee was then adopted.


Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 October 1939

SCENE OF DESOLATION

At the Dog’s Mouth. Cosgrove, on the Northampton-Stony Stratford road, the scene was one of desolation after the heavy flooding. Bodies of sheep, dogs and rabbits lay against the railings, and planks, carried away by the waters, were in the hedges. In an adjacent garden 45 fowls belonging to Mr. M. Oldham, were drowned.